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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