Front Yard Landscaping Beauty in Container Gardening
by Gina Bain
I have been trying for years to accomplish this front entrance to my house. All of the leaves and ivy around the door are painted freehand by me. I think I have finally accomplished something this year.
Never having tried the technique of layering spring flowering bulbs in a garden pot, last fall I decided to layer 50 apricot tulips. Once the bulbs were potted I set them behind the patio garden wall for the winter.
Once the the bulbs broke through the surface soil this spring I moved the pot into the warm southern exposure of the courtyard. Much to my surprise, the tulips have put on a BEAUTIFUL display. Once the bloom period has ended it back to the patio garden for a hot dry summer rest.
This is my Japanese Maple Garden. I have thirteen varieties and twenty two trees of all sizes (many not in the picture). I live in southern Calif., but with afternoon shade I can still grow many maples. They are extremely colorful and I can enjoy their seasonal color change as people in the east and northwest do. Rewarding hobby. Look into collecting Japanese Maples.
The container is a black kettle planted with a spike, ivy and impatiens. I have one of these on each end of my front porch. I also found these cute solar lights on a shepard's hook that really accent the pots at night.
We once had a bird name "Dude"! We miss the bird and was about to sell his cage. At the last minute prior to listing the cage for sale. I had a thought.. what if I put containers in the cage and grow my own food.. That's what I did as I never grew anything but annual flowers that die off every year. My passion hit home due to the long winter hours and dark drives home from work.
We don't have a lot of space and most likely made the plants to crowed but it's all a learning process. but at least the kritters won't get to them...
Every year, in the beginning of May, I swing by my mother-in-laws house and pick up this planter and take it home with me. I then pull out all the old dead 'stuff', refreshen the soil and refill it with new live 'stuff', and then return it to her for her Mother's Day gift!
This is what the planter looked like for this year... it never looks all that good when I first bring it over but I can imagine what this will look like in a month or so with those fantastically brilliant colors cascading over the edge and down the sides of the pot in a sorta Rapunzel like way! Ü