Glenna Partridge Garden Design
Landscape Architects & Designers
Modern Tropical tropical-landscape

Modern Tropical

False Creek Terrace Garden in Vancouver. The modern patio is basic concrete pavers. This photo features a grouping of pots with lush tropical plantings.

© 2012 Glenna Partridge. All rights reserved.

This photo has 2 questions

August 12, 2012
manipool wrote:
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Wow! How did you get everything in those planters? How large is the container? Would you share your technique for squeezing all those plants in there? These are just, the prettiest containers I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of your artistry.
1 Like    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 6:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Glenna Partridge Garden Design
Hi mickeysgirl98. Thank you for your compliments! The containers are about 36" across. I do pack the plants in! LOL...The cannas are 1 gallon size containers (6' across) and most of the annuals I plant are in 4" containers. I tend to take off a lot of the soil around the root ball if I need to get the plant into the grouping. Most annuals can take the "rough up" of the root ball and they don't mind being tightly planted if you have enough depth in your container. You just have to make sure you water the grouping in well to settle them all in after planting. Once a week fertilize of 15-30-15 and water well and you can have big lush containers!

I have some pics of some of planters in this project when they are just planted to give you a better idea of how they start out. Have a look through the project to find them. I hope this helps!
4 Likes    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 8:26PM
Sign Up to comment
August 3, 2012
zahrajasmine wrote:
What is the evergreen hedge please?
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Glenna Partridge Garden Design
The hedge is yew. The latin name is Taxus media 'Hicksii,' I hope this helps!
    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:22PM
Sign Up to comment

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Ornamental sweet potato vine is also perfect for covering up the "bare knees" of potted plants such as canna lily (pictured) or elephant ear (next).
Amy Renea added this to Great Design Plant: Cannas
Cannas have lush foliage, but can be top heavy. Try underplanting cannas with low-growing pots to cover up those bare ankles.
CYAN Horticulture added this to 7 Tropical Wonders of the Plant World
Canna(Canna 'Bengal Tiger')Such an abundance of generous foliage and extravagant colors is the source of spectacular displays, temporary or permanent; my friend and garden designer Glenna Partridge has mastered the art of these. On the few warm days that our Vancouver — or any other maritime climate — offers, cannas, coleus and sweet potato vines literally explode. Be ready.USDA zones: 8 and upWater requirement: Moist but well-drained soilLight requirement: Full sunMature size: 6 feet tallSeasonal interest: Summer and fallWhen to plant: Spring

What Houzzers are commenting on:

kirstenlunoe added this to kirstenlunoe's Ideas
last Friday
casacardozo added this to PATIOS
January 8, 2015
ideas for container plants
GinaK added this to Ideas for Planters
January 1, 2015
Would look great on the patio, would need to be able to move. Good project for spring, lol.
iraset added this to iraset's Ideas
December 28, 2014
Nusa indah
santaclaus1 added this to santaclaus1's ideas
December 23, 2014
outdoor planter idea
bklind3669 added this to Patio Ideas
November 20, 2014
blarsibneous added this to blarsibneous's Ideas
October 27, 2014
Broad leaf beauty canna
meaalofa added this to meaalofa's ideas
October 24, 2014
like variety
hlsykora added this to hlsykora's Ideas
October 15, 2014
Canna lilies
pattihutchison added this to container gardens
October 13, 2014
canna container pot -- copy
Joanna Landry added this to joanna_landry's ideas
September 28, 2014
bilkosan added this to bilkosan's Ideas
September 28, 2014
Beautiful bouquet
johnson31 added this to Landscape
September 20, 2014
tropical look
woodrd added this to woodrd's ideas
September 3, 2014
Plants in pot
monicajones01 added this to Landscape Ideas
August 23, 2014
Artful Expression added this to aebusiness's ideas
July 27, 2014
rhiannonludington added this to Landscape Ideas
July 26, 2014
elizalealutz added this to Backyard Oasis
July 26, 2014
Love the mix of flowers in the pots
kimsincox added this to yard
July 25, 2014
allychan added this to Garden
July 20, 2014
bettewood added this to bettewood's Ideas
July 12, 2014
Wow factor!
bonsallbetty added this to container ideas
June 30, 2014
plant combo
raujl22 added this to Patio
June 29, 2014
patio plants
Safari Agure added this to safari_agure's ideas
June 25, 2014
btsao added this to btsao's ideas
June 24, 2014
Love this
kmkaiser05 added this to Outdoor Space
June 20, 2014
Wow this is a beautiful planter area!
dutche added this to dutche's ideas
June 15, 2014
debsinjon added this to debsinjon's Ideas
June 14, 2014
Cannas, sweet potato vine
peatrepeat added this to peatrepeat's ideas
June 12, 2014
type of plants used
sherylinoc added this to Interiors
June 8, 2014
susy75 added this to Landscaping
May 31, 2014
Container garden idea
fabrice16 added this to fabrice16's Ideas
May 30, 2014
lauracatt added this to Landscaping ideas
May 26, 2014
Gorgeous tropical
vkara added this to Garden Glory
May 18, 2014
Exceptional potting!
tonyabryan added this to patio
May 16, 2014
color, texture
Andrea Leal added this to andrea_leal's Ideas
May 15, 2014
Vaso e plantas
momsweet added this to exterior design
May 10, 2014
hintoncj added this to Landscape
May 6, 2014
Cannas, coleus, sweet potato vines
Hunter Interiors added this to Tropical Garden Ideas
April 30, 2014
Around Pool area in Florida. Stunning use of colour and texture.
trishideas added this to Gardens
April 28, 2014
Banana plant and sweet potato vine. What else ? Love if
almondrocha added this to almondrocha's ideas
April 27, 2014
cool plant
ingridb added this to landscape
April 22, 2014
rebillotsusan added this to Exterior ideabook, SRebillot
April 21, 2014
Tropical containers
nbgardengirl added this to nbgardengirl's Ideas
April 21, 2014
Container combo
janezim added this to Gardening ideas
April 21, 2014
What about the wandering jew in the window boxes along side the potato vine?
Jeannie Creech added this to Landscape Ideas
April 21, 2014
mddelgado3 added this to mddelgado3's Ideas
April 15, 2014
oeohfppe added this to oeohfppe's ideas
April 14, 2014
elizabethm added this to Backyard
April 14, 2014
vallabeach added this to backyard
April 10, 2014
canna lilies in pots to stop spreading
danka77 added this to danka77's Ideas
April 7, 2014
Kana v crepniku
twpmom added this to twpmom's ideas
April 5, 2014
close up
joceybella added this to planters
March 29, 2014
Large planter
audreydavies added this to Container pots
March 27, 2014
cbahr9957 added this to cbahr9957's Ideas
March 27, 2014
Really big planter
lodolite added this to tropical
March 25, 2014
great colour planting
jsmith1817 added this to jsmith1817's Ideas
March 24, 2014
suzeva added this to suzeva's ideas
March 23, 2014
miakkia added this to miakkia's Ideas
March 22, 2014
mail box flower
webbcr added this to GARDENS
March 21, 2014
hedge-Yew or Taxus
bellasuerte added this to bellasuerte's Ideas
March 20, 2014
Plant colors
Sabrina Willis added this to Garden Ideas
March 12, 2014
Awesome container garden
mgsoto added this to Garden plants for waterfall
March 9, 2014
Narigo Mbago added this to Landscape Ideas
March 9, 2014
sanbag120 added this to Landscape
March 3, 2014
jgilosorio added this to jgilosorio's ideas
March 2, 2014
muskokalakes added this to garden ideas
February 23, 2014
Cana in pots
sbunger added this to Hardy Ave. Remodel
February 17, 2014
lornaspiotto added this to lornaspiotto's Ideas
February 16, 2014
The planter
blacksagedesigns added this to blacksagedesigns's Ideas
February 10, 2014
Another awesome idea
charron17 added this to charron17's Ideas
February 5, 2014
whatayank added this to Outdoor Spaces
January 28, 2014
mekalkwarf added this to yard 2014
January 17, 2014
lynruss added this to lynruss's Ideas
January 14, 2014
mjphil added this to Landscaping Back Yard
January 8, 2014
Variety of tropical with color at base
letabugg added this to letabugg's ideas
January 5, 2014
30driftwood added this to 30driftwood's ideas
January 4, 2014
tropical planting
lalawei added this to 意向图
January 3, 2014
melanieseah added this to External
December 22, 2013
Mary Creath added this to mary_creath's ideas
December 16, 2013
Cannas have lush foliage, but can be top heavy. Try underplanting cannas with low-growing pots to cover up those bare ankles.
georgesmoarii added this to georgesmoarii's Ideas
December 9, 2013
melkoop added this to Landscaping
December 2, 2013
Plant combination
Pat added this to Landscape
November 27, 2013
pot grouping
rainney added this to Godson.courtyard
November 26, 2013
Or this flower design for side of front have more height but would require more width.
kamakazii added this to Landscape Ideas
November 24, 2013
like foliage and variation of big leaves, MJ concern with plants in pots and their maintenance
Kiều Đoàn added this to webuser_2054695's ideas
November 8, 2013
Emily Cullen added this to Garden Ideas
October 29, 2013
Front Entrance
nouraali added this to nouraali's Ideas
October 24, 2013
ingoodtaste added this to ingoodtaste's Ideas
October 22, 2013
Great large center specimen
tideaway added this to tideaway's ideas
October 18, 2013
tropical cannas
jameskes added this to jameskes's ideas
October 15, 2013
304westwestst added this to DeLaney - Landscape Ideas
October 14, 2013
I love the clean lines of most tropical plants.
bmikec added this to landscaping
October 14, 2013
big leaves surrounded by flowers....front island
hwjacelon added this to hwjacelon's Ideas
October 13, 2013
curveycurves added this to Landscape Ideas
October 10, 2013
marlonvi added this to Interesting Plants
October 10, 2013
Canna Lilies
Mary Ann added this to Outdoor
October 8, 2013
Great use of colour
Kris Holtz added this to kris_holtz's ideas
September 28, 2013
wow! canna
vpanopoulos added this to Landscape Ideas
September 21, 2013
We like all the plant combinations and potted plants.
debralynnedwards added this to debralynnedwards's Ideas
September 18, 2013
Deck and yard
sschuu added this to Outdoor Livin'
September 13, 2013
Plant we have. Big pot
Gail Lumpkin added this to gail_lumpkin's Ideas
September 10, 2013
Plants in container
heats added this to heats's Ideas
September 7, 2013
Sweet potato vine
redoakshopper added this to Pool landscapes
September 7, 2013
Like these planters
binitachetty added this to binitachetty's Ideas
September 6, 2013
jthiel45 added this to Landscape Ideas
September 5, 2013
potted patio plants
julieshaus added this to Landscape Ideas
September 3, 2013
Explosion of co,ors spilling over!
simonprints added this to Garden
September 2, 2013
tiger canna with pots
dam20042004 added this to Exterior Ideas
August 29, 2013
flowers and plants
sangitasagar67 added this to sangitasagar67's ideas
August 25, 2013
Nice pot plant arrangements
Taylor Robertson added this to Taylor's Pink Shoe
August 18, 2013
lgstutesman added this to lgstutesman's Ideas
August 13, 2013
Planter arrangement
Yana Johnson added this to Landscape Ideas
August 12, 2013
lady1600 added this to lady1600's ideas
August 11, 2013
magilamaud added this to magilamaud's Ideas
August 5, 2013
Exotic looking outdoor plantd
pvnancy added this to tropical garden
August 4, 2013
Various greens
ladypoi added this to Outdoor Space
August 3, 2013
bahacca added this to outside
July 31, 2013
nice tropical containers
grainraiser added this to grainraiser's ideas
July 29, 2013
sncc5pilot added this to landscaping
July 22, 2013
Sweet potato ivy
jenmeyers20 added this to potted plants
July 22, 2013
Cannas and sweet potato vine
sacto added this to Del Dayo
July 21, 2013
colorful container
boonmer99 added this to boonmer99's ideas
July 14, 2013
planters for florida
tms2391 added this to New outdoor space
July 13, 2013
Nancy Allison added this to nancy_allison's ideas
July 13, 2013
Like using with the lily-
Jacques Calixte added this to jacques_calixte's Ideas
July 12, 2013
nades1 added this to yard
July 10, 2013
ultimate goal
angrycoke added this to angrycoke's ideas
July 8, 2013
catbar added this to plants
July 7, 2013
Kim Fowler Homes added this to kimfowlerhomes's Favorites
July 7, 2013
canna lily
lisahetz added this to lisahetz's ideas
July 7, 2013
outdoor tropical plants. 7 tropical wonders of the plant world. Houzz
angdicoatsa added this to angdicoatsa's Ideas
July 7, 2013
kattee55 added this to kattee55's ideas
July 7, 2013
sallymuse added this to pool
July 7, 2013
giant planters for pool area
ggkawanamihz added this to ggkawanamihz's Ideas
July 6, 2013
Tropical plants
traceykj added this to traceykj's Ideas
July 5, 2013
gogorose added this to Hodge Podge Hill
July 3, 2013
pot ideas calalyies with potato vine
nativesun53 added this to nativesun53's ideas
July 3, 2013
pot design ideas
kobe4me added this to kobe4me's ideas
July 2, 2013
full perennial planter
armygirl1987 added this to garden
July 2, 2013
side garden
nancitafisher added this to nancitafisher's ideas
June 30, 2013
Big leaves
Tish Hebert added this to tish_hebert's ideas
June 28, 2013
variegated banana
gracequi added this to gracequi's ideas
June 27, 2013
wow!!! its grand stature
debbiealvarez3 added this to debbiealvarez3's Favorites
June 23, 2013
Canna planting
dlblaw1 added this to Exterior Ideas
June 21, 2013
Bengal Tiger Canna
godsgarden added this to Exterior Ideas
June 20, 2013
beautiful tropical plant grouping
lilove added this to lilove's ideas
June 17, 2013
Crystal added this to crystal_beck's Ideas
June 16, 2013
Ideas for brick mailbox flower bed
costive added this to costive's Ideas
June 16, 2013
mematthews added this to New Bern garden
June 14, 2013
Lisa Wilhoit added this to lisa_wilhoit's Ideas
June 13, 2013
haweaver added this to haweaver's ideas
June 12, 2013
locklest added this to locklest's ideas
June 12, 2013
Cannas are huge in this pot. Love the sweet potato plant cascading over the pots.
sjdeemer added this to sjdeemer's Ideas
June 11, 2013
abrunnermom added this to backyard landscape ideas
June 10, 2013
Grand pots
susanconsorte added this to outdoor furniture
June 8, 2013
Front entrance
xgarland77x added this to landscaping
June 7, 2013
dianabranco added this to dianabranco's Ideas
June 7, 2013
Plant pot
cascampbell added this to cascampbell's Favorites
June 6, 2013
gnometo added this to Balcony
June 6, 2013
Canna (Canna 'Bengal Tiger') Such an abundance of generous foliage and extravagant colors is the source of spectacular displays, temporary or permanent; my friend and garden designer Glenna Partridge has mastered the art of these. On the few warm days that our Vancouver — or any other maritime climate — offers, cannas, coleus and sweet potato vines literally explode. Be ready. USDA zones: 8 and up Water requirement: Moist but well-drained soil Light requirement: Full sun Mature size: 6 feet tall Seasonal interest: Summer and fall When to plant: Spring
Yasmin M. Saleh added this to Backyard
June 4, 2013
Local plant upgraded
brunoperaza added this to starisel22's Favorites
June 2, 2013
clammert added this to clammert's ideas
May 30, 2013
qstar added this to Landscape
May 29, 2013
Living Exteriors Landscaping added this to patiopatty's ideas
May 29, 2013
mpsimard added this to mpsimard's Ideas
May 29, 2013
inimimi added this to outdoors
May 28, 2013
kimmburns added this to Landscape Ideas
May 27, 2013
I like the colorful variations of this plant.
frankquarteyg added this to Tropical plants
May 27, 2013
Canna 'Bengal Tiger' zones 8 and up 6 feet full sun
cocol44 added this to Outdoor inspirations
May 26, 2013
Canna 'Bengal Tiger' gives a tall and tropical feeling to a yard.
plmclaughlin1 added this to plmclaughlin1's ideas
May 25, 2013
djoyner51 added this to Landscape
May 25, 2013
Look at this HUGE Canna
sheliah1958 added this to pergola
May 25, 2013
mia007 added this to mia007's ideas
May 24, 2013
Canna (Canna 'Bengal Tiger') Such an abundance of generous foliage and extravagant colors is the source of spectacular displays, temporary or permanent; On the few warm days that our Vancouver — or any other maritime climate — offers, cannas, coleus and sweet potato vines literally explode. Be ready.
maryyager added this to maryyager's Ideas
May 24, 2013
hst416 added this to landscaping
May 22, 2013
clustered containers
musicluvr518 added this to Backyard
May 21, 2013
lissajt added this to laos - landscape
May 20, 2013
darcel48423 added this to darcel48423's Ideas
May 19, 2013
susanreisor added this to susanreisor's Ideas
May 19, 2013
planter of 6ft canna, potato vine and wandering jew
chinb added this to chinb's ideas
May 18, 2013
debbryan added this to Boot Lake
May 18, 2013
Love the plants minus the corn plant for lakeside.
Kimberly Riggans added this to kimberly_riggans's ideas
May 18, 2013
love the plants
nannord added this to nannord's ideas
May 18, 2013
tropical containers
comfortharr added this to Landscape Ideas
May 17, 2013
Potted could work in the front
Yoko Matsubara added this to yoko_matsubara's Ideas
May 17, 2013
maamparoglez added this to maamparoglez's ideas
May 17, 2013
xaylarae added this to xaylarae's ideas
May 16, 2013
christinebean added this to christinebean's ideas
May 16, 2013
love these
crdumond added this to Bathroom Ideas
May 16, 2013
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™