When plants wear skirts: readers’ container gardens

08/02/2014 7:40 AM

08/08/2014 2:37 PM

Readers who have sent in photos and descriptions of their container gardens this summer have shown creativity in their choice not only of plants – including houseplants, perennials and shrubs along with annuals – but also containers.

Have you considered planting in stainless-steel milk-separator bowls? Or an old work shoe, an ammo box or a cable spool?

These green thumbs have.

Some of my favorite containers feature plants that form skirts: dusty miller, Silver Falls dichondra, creeping jenny, wire vine.

Creative placement of containers also shows how they can brighten up areas: Window boxes can be attached to a chain-link fence. Turquoise pots contrast richly against dark mulch. Yellow lantana pops above a pot nestled in the middle of a garden bed.

And there’s good, whimsical fun: Loco ornamental peppers look like Christmas baubles; a wild ornamental grass looks like a Wu ’do.

You can see photos of the containers at kansas.com under Photo Galleries. And we’ll be featuring more in the Home and Garden section in the coming weeks.

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