|Container garden summer 2005|
From that humble beginning the garden expanded over the years to use up more and more of the lawn. (Hahahahahahaha I'm still digging up more areas of the front lawn to the chagrin of my husband) The garden is now about thirty feet long by ten feet at it's widest point. I normally have between forty and fifty pots in this section of the garden and I haven't counted how many different plants I grow in there but there are lots! Quite a few of the containers house combination plantings while there are also a lot of 'mono' pots in there that house the behemoth tropicals.
|Container garden Summer 2014|
For nine years my lovely Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' reigned supreme. It grew into a magnificent specimen that would routinely push out more than 300 flowers at a time.
|Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' September 13, 2011|
|I replaced my 'Charles' this spring, but of course, it's only in its infancy at the moment. You can just see it tucked behind the Alocasia|
|Speaking of Alocasias, I bought this beauty, Alocasia 'Sarian' last year and it is turning into a tropical beauty. Love the texture and contrast in these outstanding leaves.|
|Anigozanthus is just now pushing out a whole new crop of flowers.|
|Lantana 'Samantha' anchors the right side of the yellow section of the border.|
|Another yellow Lantana in the yellow section of the border (can't think of the name at the moment) All the Lantanas winter over dormant in the basement in the winter.|
|Looking down the border toward the orange section|
|Cuphea micropetala, this plant is five or six years old now and is a great Hummingbird magnet. I don't know if I'll be able to keep this one over the coming winter. We'll see if it can go dormant instead of spending the winter in the greenhouse.|
|Love Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'|
|The queen of the orange section is my Aechmea blanchetiana|
|The orange section with Alocasia 'Portodora' in the background. Cana 'Pretoria' is a great textural contrast in this section with its striped leaves|
|Love the contrast between these flowers and the dark leaves of Colocasia 'Diamond Head'|
|Some of the red section of the border. The Salvia 'Dancing Flame' (behind the fountain) is just getting started|
This border has been a fun adventure and we'll see what the future brings. Eventually I'm planning on turning this space into a shrub border that will take much less time and effort to maintain. In the meantime I'm having a ball with my tropical corner in New Hampshire.