container gardening

The Flora of Rancho La Puerta

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Garden Design

Kudos to designer Sara Livia Brightwood for her work at Rancho La Puerta fitness resort and spa in Tecate, Baja California (just across the border from San Diego). The  world-class resort, in a drought-prone region, is a model for low-water landscape-design. For example, fields seeded with poppies and lupines. I was there when the aloes were in bloom. Massing them really makes an impact. [...]

GBDW – Container Plantings Wrap-Up

– Posted in: Garden Design
Narcissus and Muscari with Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' and Viola May 5 06

Pots, planters, windowboxes, and hanging baskets: If it can hold potting soil, we'll stick a plant in it. Some of us have gotten the knack for creating and maintaining amazing container plantings and use those skills to the utmost. Others of us aren't quite as successful, but we can admire what our more successful counterparts have [...]

Over The Top Couture Container Gardening

– Posted in: Garden Design

I have always been a huge fan of Chanticleer, what was once a private estate garden in the suburbs of Philadelphia that was turned into a public garden in the early 1990s by its owner, Adolph Rosengarten and led by the extremely talented Chris Woods, and in recent years by the very capable hands of Bill Thomas, [...]

Focal Point Pots

– Posted in: Garden Design

I'm so enamored with using containers in the garden that I sometimes don't even bother to plant them. And empty pot can work wonders in the garden. Of course it has to be a good-looking pot, but given that, a container can become an instant ornament in almost any garden scene. All you have to [...]