To be honest, I enjoy the container itself more than the plantings. Usually. Especially these home made troughs. Above is the first one we ever made, first attempt at using hypertufa, too. The maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum is quite happy with the mosses.
I want to plant it and forget it. Above is an unknown Campanula that daughter Semi planted in a container that she gave me. It has filled the space and bloomed sporadically this year. Love the freckled faces with a few white whiskers. Does anyone know it?
The plantings are best when considered permanent, but hardiness can be an issue since container living can be two zones colder than in ground plantings. Above is Stipa arundinacea, new this spring, that had been planned as the year around interest in a square red pot. Billed as hardy only to zone 8, we are 7a, there might have to be an adjustment made with this one. Maybe plant one in a protected micro-climate as a back up mother plant in case the other two don’t make it. Or just let the chips fall where they may.
Plant it and forget it, that is the ideal. The concrete birdbath with the head, it might be a copy of David by Michelangelo? is worry free, having withstood over a dozen years of freezing water during winter’s coldest days. Sempervivums and Sedum ‘Angelina’ in the tree trunk with squirrel entering the side and the alarmed face are hardy souls.
Only a few are switched out seasonally with annuals. The stacked red pots needed a simple contrasting foliage planting. Sedum rupestre ‘Lemon Coral’ will be tested their first winter at the Fairegarden. The wire box planter will never crack in a freeze, and is the home of annuals that are changed twice a year. When the coleus and alternathera frizzle up after frost, violas are waiting in the wings to join the red mustard already planted.
Seeds are sometimes sprinkled to add spice to existing plantings. Zinnia ‘Red Spider’ seeds were a good companion to the Salvia greggii ‘Desert Blaze’ planted in the metal tool box planter. Seeds will be saved to try it again next year.
There is always room for a few violas. The concrete box on the front porch is filled with Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ that has been sheared down to soil level, topped up with good mix and overplanted with violas. I will water them weekly since this is covered and receives no rainfall. The colors combine well with the pumpkin/squash/gourd/mum display, and bring a smile.