While these three dish planters make me very happy, our winter temperatures will make these plants very unhappy...
Thus I recently pulled them inside and used another trio of "dishes" to plant up something more seasonally appropriate. Left to right the plants are: Sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea', Calluna vulgaris 'Stockholm', and Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling'.
In hindsight I wish I would have flipped one of the Hebe to the left side, but I guess I was feeling rather rigid when I did the planting.
And there's enough chaos around the rest of the garden that a little order isn't a bad thing.
Did you catch the flash of chartreuse in the photo above?
The pair of Calluna vulgaris 'Skyline Sydney' I picked up recently at Cornell Farm went in the ground underneath the planters.
There are also several Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil' below and around too.
I think the colors all play nicely together.
I almost didn't include this image but thought it was interesting the way everything behind what I was photographing was lit rather dramatically, but the subject was in the shade. The light patterns across the back garden change so quickly this time of year.
Not to worry, these to get morning and early afternoon sun.
The other planters in need of changing-up are on the front of the garage. The plants here also aren't winter-hardy, and I learned a few years ago that planters like these don't withstand winter freeze-thaw cycles.
So I rehang the planters I put together for this spot last year (written about here)...
But spiffed them up with the pair of Aloe aristata from my Potted Elephant visit.
Fingers crossed they do okay here — the drainage is fantastic, but of course they'll be more exposed to cold than if they were in the ground.
The spiky Opuntia came from the Kuzma/Halme garden and the Agave weberi came from a friend's garden in Scottsdale, AZ.
The segmented Opuntia is O. pusilla, from Cistus.
Happy in the sun.
And if your curious where the point pot with Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' ended up? There it is, peeking out of the window on the right. It and I are both eagerly anticipating it's return to the garden next spring...
Weather Diary, Oct 25: Hi 60, Low 54/ Precip .34"
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Very good looking change up. Some folks change their closet for the season, others change the garden too :-)ReplyDelete
The dish planters look great, and I don't say it just because I have the same plants in my own garden; as a whole we don't have many plants in common and I'm a fan of Hebe James Sterling.
I changed my closet yesterday...Delete
I love James Sterling, not sure he loves me back though.
Of course I love the plants you chose for Winter. I am also curios of the planters (specifically, the dish planters) Where did you get them?ReplyDelete
I made them! http://www.thedangergarden.com/2013/07/percolating.htmlDelete
Great seasonal change. Did you simply get more "dishes" for the tops and bring the tender ones inside or did you empty each planter to make the swap? Love how the calluna look like little groves of evergreen trees.ReplyDelete
Last fall (when the succulents had to go inside) I bought new dishes for this area and planted them up with black mondo and Selaginella. I planted those plants in the ground (what was left of them anyway) and used their dishes.Delete
Your swap-outs are smart as well as stylish. I love the Astelia too.ReplyDelete
Isn't it gorgeous!?Delete
applauding all your choices here-your dishes sre going to supply a nice punch of green during those grey (hopefully not white)winter months.ReplyDelete
Fingers crossed that chartreuse calluna likes the DG! Wonder what color the flowers will be...wait, quick image check says shocking pink!ReplyDelete
And on the tag "Calluna vulgaris Skyline Stockholm is characterized by the unusually full, square stems. This Calluna does not flower. The ornamental value of this cultivar lies in its pointed growth habit..." funny right?Delete
Nice change-up... the migration continues!ReplyDelete
Indeed it does...Delete
I love these callunas. You've inspired me to create a fall arrangement, too. I certainly have enough empty pots. Now I need to find some heathers....ReplyDelete
One isn't enough? ;)Delete
Very appealing planters, Loree! The placement is great, and the Calunnas are awesome--love that chartreuse shade!ReplyDelete
And people think getting all my garden pots put away for the winter is a lot of work. I can't imagine planting new things for the winter and saving the other plants. I keep killing Calluna and it is so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Oh but this is fun! I enjoyed being able to go shopping for a few new things when the season is winding down, and planting up containers is always a good time!Delete
I'm especially liking the repetition of the dish planters (you call it rigid, I call it minimalist).ReplyDelete