This garden is a larger than my garden but is still considered small space gardening. The number of containers of artful plant design in this space is so surprising. I myself could never maintain this many colorful containers and I am not even showing one-quarter of what they have in this garden in my photos. If you look at the last post on the Train Garden, you will see many more container gardens and also what to plant in a shade garden. In the next post on built structures and garden ornament, I have more to show you, including some of the hanging baskets.
The reason for this post is because all these containers are so well designed and organized. Plantings are grouped within the garden, on the fence rails, adorning walls, and containers are used as a “foundation” to buildings and built structures within the garden, like the deck below.
Some you will see next post. You will notice, almost all the containers are made with fast growing annuals. There is a small fern and hosta in a few pots, but likely these are used like annuals. These folks have a large shade garden filled with hosta, astilbe and fern.
What might be useful to take away for your own gardens, is how many pots are elevated, either on the rail or on stands in the beds.
Walls artfully support planters.
While many annuals are planted directly in the containers in this garden, at another garden I will feature soon, annuals were still in grower pots and trays. While this is expensive to have such exuberance, it really made a statement. Plus it allowed the homeowner flexibility in arrangement.
The barrel below is beautifully planted. This large container gets the annuals up in the garden and also allows the vining plants to fall gracefully. This garden also changes elevation, so plants terrace down to where the trains are located. This also helps set off plantings as the gardens in raised beds step down.
The chairs are planted with colorful sedum.
Below is the side yard which I did not show last post.
Hanging baskets are displayed in different ways, traditionally below.
The planter below is raised on a stand, again giving the annuals some height.
These folks did a fine job in their garden. I hope you enjoyed.