I made a flower arrangement using flowers from my own garden. Such a treat!
Late summer is my favorite time of year for container arrangements. All that beautiful color both in blooms and foliage!
This year, I’ve planted up quite a few containers to bring the late summer feeling to the entrance of the house.
A simple design trick to make an arrangement look great is to pick just a few colors and to repeat them. In this case the Hebe’s yellow and green foliage is repeated in the potato vine. And the pink edges come again in the blooms of the Mum.
Both the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ is a perennial and will come back next year. However, it’s always risky to winter over plants in containers so I might plant them in the ground in a month or two, just to be sure they make it though the winter.
Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ is one of my favorite plants for late summer and fall containers. It brings contrast to the arrangement that makes the other plants pop.
’Twilight’ Hosta is an improved variety that claims to have better slug resistance.
I get quite a lot of slugs in the garden and it seems to hold up well. My hosta is into season two and so far it’s had just a few tiny holes.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade.
The garden center got new, stunning succulents in and I just couldn’t help myself.
Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ (Hummingbird Mint) has begun to bloom. It gets lavender blue, bottle-brush like flowers mid July and goes on blooming all the way though September.
The foliage is deep-green with a touch of silver. It looks wonderful together with the foliage of brunnera or other silver-colored perennials like lamb’s ear or lavender.
Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ prefers full sun, although it’s doing well in my garden where it only gets 5-6 h of sun. It’s drought tolerant, has a minty liquorice scent and gets about 2-3 feet (70cm) tall.
It’s the most popular perennial in my garden for bees and butterflies!
It’s been raining most of the day so I kept busy with organizing and repotting my succulents. This is what came out of it. Not too bad =)
The longest line in your garden is on the diagonal. Take advantage of it by placing you main garden path on the diagonal, making it as long as possible. A long path will make the whole garden appear bigger.
To trick the eye even more we’ve made the end of the path slightly narrower. Point A is only 65 cm (25 inch) wide while point B is 70cm (27 inch) wide. This adds to the perception of perspective making point A seem further away than it actually is when viewed from point B.
The main path in my garden is a wooden boardwalk but the idea of a diagonal path works with any any material.
’Ruby Beauty’ is dwarf raspberry shrub that grows just 90cm (3ft) tall, has no thorns and usually needs no support. In spite of its dwarf height, it produces about 1.5kg (3lb 6oz) of raspberries, all with traditional raspberry size and flavor.
I grow it in a 40 cm (16in) container in vegetable soil and fertilize once a week. It get sun from morning until 5 PM and is doing amazing!
The small size makes it easy to tuck into my vegetable garden.
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.