I finally broke down and bought IKEA’s tall (2 ft) Huson galvanized steel plant pot, I’d wanted it forever and decided (for now at least) to go with a group of three large containers where the Camellia used to be in front of the house. Since then I’ve been trying to decide what to plant in it.
Ideally it would be a large green and yellow variegated Phormium. Just imagine this foliage up against our soon to be chocolate brown house. Nice. Problem. I wanted to leave the container in place all winter and that meant death to the Phormium. Problem solved when I listened to my inner “visit that nursery” voice last week and paid a visit to Portland Nursery. Meet Yucca recurvifolia 'margarita'… Similar great foliage colors. But this one’s hardy (not just according to the tag but I’ve seen it live through several winters at my nearby Kennedy School). I can’t wait to share pictures of it all planted up and in its new home. Soon. A few other things caught my eye at the nursery that day. This one made me very happy, a display of Tropical Plants that is signed appropriately. In case they miss the sign there are stickers on the tags. How do you feel about the recycled tire containers that seem to be popping up everywhere these days? Fun shape for a hanging container! I must have been in a container mood as these rectangular ones really captured my imagination too. Especially the turquoise ones. This is a Carex! Whodda thought?