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When plants wear skirts: readers’ container gardens

Stan Smith of Haysville added metal bars and a center shelf to a discarded cable spool, holding seven long containers of red and pink begonias, and petunias in the middle. “No muss, no fuss all summer!” Jen Smith reports.
Stan Smith of Haysville added metal bars and a center shelf to a discarded cable spool, holding seven long containers of red and pink begonias, and petunias in the middle. “No muss, no fuss all summer!” Jen Smith reports. Courtesy photo

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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