Holiday Container Gardens Landscape, Seattle
A bright orange pot sets the scene for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Design and photo credit; Le Jardinet
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6. Incorporate dark foliage. Deepen existing container designs with the addition of one or more cool-tolerant, dark-leaved plants. Here, amethyst-colored ‘Spellbound’ coral bells (Heuchera ‘Spellbound’, zones 4 to 9) and Ruby Glow spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Waleuphglo’, zones 6 to 8) add dramatic contrast to the golden orange leaves and red stems of the dwarf vine maple tree (Acer circinatum ‘Little Gem’, zones 6 to 9).
8. Get inspired with fall container gardens that can be adapted to offer year-round interest, courtesy of landscape designer Karen Chapman. Learn how to dress up your beloved summer gardenia plant with white pumpkins for Thanksgiving, then silk magnolias and silver-dusted cones for Christmas. See the full ideabook: 5 Container Gardens for the Holidays and Beyond
Other plants, such as some perennials and biennials, have the ability to come back in the spring. But because these plants won't have the added insulation of being in the ground, make sure plants left outside are winter hardy to two plant zones colder than the one you live in. For example, I live in USDA zone 6a, so my plants to remain outdoors should be hardy to zone 4. Find your USDA hardiness zone
1. Fall Container GardenFall shades are the starting point for a Thanksgiving design that can easily be given mini makeovers to look great all year.Year-round interest: • Dwarf vine maple tree (Acer circinatum 'Little Gem')• 'Spellbound' coral bells (Heuchera hybrid), with gorgeous purple foliage• Dwarf evergreen conifer• Orange grass-like 'Goldfinger' New Zealand iris (Libertia ixioides)• Trailing 'Wojo's gem' periwinkle (Vinca maculata)Fall interest (shown):• Add deep red pansies.Thanksgiving accents:• The orange pot itself sets the scene.• Nestle orange and yellow gourds among the purple foliage.Christmas cheer:• The bare red stems of the maple add height and Christmas color.• Replace gourds you added in fall with gold accents, such as weatherproof ornaments.
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2. Herbs and plants Choose from a wide variety of shrubs, herbs, and succulents and get creative with the landscape of your mini garden. Here is a list of the most common plants that can live in the mini set-up for 10 years or more, provided they are looked after well. Grass and ground cover: Baby tears (Soleirolia soleirolii), woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), stonecrop (Sedums pp.), Irish moss (Sagina subulata), Scotch moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’), dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), Corsican mint (Mentha requienii), creeping fig vine (Ficus pumila), sugar vine (Parthenocissus striata).Trees and shrubs: English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’), lemon cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’), false cypress (Chamaecyparis), parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans), Norfolk pine (Araucaria heterophylla), various junipers (Juniperus), dwarf spruce (Picea glauca), dwarf mugo pine (Pinus mugo).Succulents and cacti: Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum), baby toes (Fenestraria), ice plant (Aizoaceae), zebra cactus (Haworthia), jade plant (Crassula ovata) burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum),Flowering plants: Miniature daisies (Bellium), miniature roses (Rosa), wild hyacinth (Camassia), pansies (Viola tricolor var. hortensis), blue moneywort (Lindernia grandiflora).Colourful foliage and other plants: Begonia (Begonia crenata), coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), asparagus fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), lavender cotton (Santolina incana).