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Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
The big planter is all set for Winter

This planter was set for winter with Boxwood and lovely Heuchera for winter interest. Then my bunnies got to it! They ate the Heuchera down to soil level leaving the planter looking really sad.

After looking at the bare soil for a few weeks I got tired of seeing it look so sad. I didn’t want to add more plants since I hope the Heuchera will come back next spring. Insead I filled the while planter with greens. They’re from my garden or the forest so this arrangement cost me a total of $2 (for the red ornaments).

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Sammels Lantgård (Farm)

Sammels landgård is a cosy farm, coffee shop, farm shop and garden located 20 minutes outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. We paid a visit, had a wonderful lunch and took in inspiration from the garden.

Sauna surrounded by Ferns and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Hedge of Marigold (Calendula officinalis). Marigold is an annual that can easily be grown from seed. I just planted them in one of my raised beds.
Garden entrance. The whole garden is planted in these huge raised beds made of stone. Here with Hostas, Catnip (Nepeta × faassenii) and Alliums
Lovely combination with Japanese Maple ’Bloodgood’, Hosta ’Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Foliage contrast with Japanese Maple ’Bloodgood’, Hosta ’Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Another dramatic raised bed. Purple leaf Hazel (Corylus maxima ’Purpurea’) with Creeping Jenny ground cover
African Dailsys (Osteospermum) and Blue Fescue Grass in front of the chicken coop
Welcoming spot in the shade
Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) fills in the cracks in this pathway
Another cute shed surrounded by Eryngo ’Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ’Blue Star’), and Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
Beautiful border with recurring patches of Eryngo ’Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ’Blue Star’), Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra), Bamboo, Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla) and Purple Coneflower
Yellow colors of the creeping Jenny glows below the dark red Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
There are pretty details tucked in all over the garden. Here, surrounded by Brunnera ’Mr Morse’ and Lavendel
Wildflower meadow. Joy for the pollinators!
Mealycup Sage planeted in an old wheelbarrow
Barn peaking up above another beautiful border
Main house up on a hill. To the left, a cold frame turned café

Make your garden appear bigger with big-sized raised beds

Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite
It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.

Wooden big raised bed with Boxwood, Heuchera ’Obsidian’ and Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna
Boxwoods being structure and create winter interest
Deschampsia cespitosa ’Goldschleier’ (tufted hair grass) contrasts the dark Heuchera ’Obsidian’. It’s a beautiful semi-green grass that can handle sun to part shade and grows 2-3 feet tall.
Mid spring bloomer Globeflower Trollius x cultorum ’Cheddar’ picks up the yellow color from the Tufted hair grass. Grows 25-27 in full sun – part shade.
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ’Black Barlow’ picks up the dark colors of the Heuchera ’Obsidian’. Can handle sun – part sun, grows 28-30 in high and can self seed.
The Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna, sometime called blue-eyed Mary is a lovely ground cover that comes up early in the with fresh green leaves and tiny blue flowers. It prefers part-shade but does ok in shade as well.