Tuesday, May 28, 2013

foliage container gardens...

I'm still working on getting our patio and deck together for the season,
I was in the mood for something different, and decided to concentrate on using
 foliage and a minimum of flowers. Here are some looks I'm liking...

A variety of foliage planted in a bowl and elevated on pedestal.


An herb garden planted in a tiered bird bath.

A collection of herbs planted in simple terra cotta pots.
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 A fern spilling over an urn placed on a pedestal.
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Sweet potato vine in galvanized bucket...
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What do you think, could you go without pots of flowers in bloom?


21 comments:

Unknown said...

I could go with any of those beautiful photos, but I do love flowers in the windowbox. Can't wait to see what you create.

Julia Konya said...

I'm a huge fan of just foliage plantings without the flowers. My favorites are grasses, hostas and ferns. But when ever I try to grow anything in pots, it just doesn't look that great ;) I have a green thumb in flower beds but not pots.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

Nope! Love my flowers and my pots!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I could and do! I love them all especially the bird bath photo!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

love this look! I've found over the years, I've started to lean this way more and more, but I do have flowers in certain spots too. I'm a combo girl. ;)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

They are all beautiful, but the ones that don't need to be moved in the winter get my vote. I have some galvanized buckets and they work great.

Dawn @ Inspired Living said...

Many years I do use potted greenery, no flowers. This year I did the opposite! Love the container herb garden.....

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love using foliage, Pam! To pacify my husband {about bees} I use coleus and other colorful foliage plants to fill the two urns I have by our garage door and front door. This year I did a purple and chartreuse coleus with sweet potato vine. Last year I tried ferns, but I kept hitting the fronds on the one by the front door and knocking them into our inside entry.

Nancy said...

these sure look great! I find by August my flowers are waning and it's too dang hot for them to survive, so maybe I should go this route. I love it, especially that first urn!
xo Nancy
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Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I considered putting ferns or something just green in my front pots this year. I didn't but I might next year!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the ferns are my favorite! i just love ferns in planters!

Dana Frieling said...

My vote's for whichever I can keep alive the longest. Looking forward to seeing your patio, friend.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

After putting the two large ferns on our terrace and bringing in the cuttings from our shrubs...I'm all for lush greenery!!!
Flowers can be high maintenance in care and clean up, especially in Georgia heat.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh, I think I'd still have to have some color, but I definitely use lots of "green" pots as well! Loving that lamb's ear, they had tons of that at HD over the weekend and I know I should have picked some up!

erica said...

Absolutely love this idea. i think I will have to come up with something like this for my backyard. xx

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I think its a great idea...flowers are beautiful but they die...its nice to have some pots that stay green all year long...

Leslie said...

I love those sweet potato vines.. This is beautiful Pam and very much like most of our yards here in the pnw. Ferns grow like weeds and the greens are the easiest to grow. The colors and shapes of the leaves give us lots of planting options. Delicate flowers either get eaten by deer or rabbits .. or get pelted by rain.

Vel Criste said...

I could, since I have the 'black thumb' when it comes to gardening, i NEED sturdy plants more. But, I cannot pass up a beautiful set of blooms, even If I only see them for a few weeks or so. Love the inspirations Pam!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Love this idea.... especially the herbs.... pretty, useful and smell wonderful!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Yes, I could go without flowers, just fine with me! I That first image with the dark planter has a perfect combination of plants. Variegated plants is the key to a good mix.

I have to try new things each season, just to get a fresh look for us to enjoy. Never repeat except the herb planter tends to look similar each year. Once the pansies poop out (which is soon), I need to refresh all the concrete planters. Not sure what I will do yet. Loved the yellow lantana (rarely needed to be watered) from last year, may do the pink multicololored lantana mixed with a few other varieties. Or may not, will decide once I get inspired while plant shopping (our favorite activity!)

peter kenneth said...

Ohhh!! I love this garden!! So beautiful!
plastic planters

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