Available while supplies last:  Caladium ‘Frog in a Blender.’ 

From Spalding Bulb Farms, Florida: "If you are looking to add a unique flare to your garden then be sure to include any of these beauties in your order." 

One might assume they were inspired by Dan Akroyd’s SNL skit: Super Bass-O-Matic ‘76

Planter Ideas: Thriller, Filler, and Spiller.

"Editors note: It’s fun to hear our lead designer, Brooks, talk about décor he’s designed. About the above Bombay® Luxembourg Planter he says: ‘It was inspired by French planters, little planters with legs called cachepots. We wanted something elegant and used an animal, and a lion was regal and Bombay in a European way.’

"That’s great but how does it do in a garden? We asked horticulturist and garden artisan Nancy Wallace to try it out. What she did yielded amazing insights into creating a stunning container garden. Thriller, filler, spiller… Take it away, Nancy!” 

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Lettuce Love: Decorative & Nutritious Mesclun Mix 

Mesclun is from the Provençal region of France and translates to “mixture” as in a mixture of lettuce greens. The traditional Mesclun mix consists of chervil, arugula, endive, and lettuce in precise proportions, but nowadays, many other wild greens may be included. Create a mix suitable to your own palette by adding the frilly fronds of frisée, spicy mizuna, nutty-flavored mâche, or mahogany-red radicchio, watercress, parsley or other herbs. The objective is to have a mix that is sweet, spicy, bitter, crisp…and beautiful.  

Lettuces, herbs, container tomatoes, and edible flowers can be grown easily in planters on a sunny deck or porch where they are readily available at a quick snip for the kitchen cook. 

Last of the spring bling…. I’m loving the burgundy-burnished-copper-mahogany & green combination. This will be a repeat for next fall. Here in Georgia, we had just the right winter weather (finally) with enough cold temperatures to keep the flowers looking fresh, but not so chilly as to dispatch a soggy palette of wilted winter container color. We also had a very chilly March, so that prolonged our winter flower display this year….a joy to behold.
And in a just a few short days, I’ll be ripping all these containers apart to make room for their summer counterparts! 

Last of the spring bling…. I’m loving the burgundy-burnished-copper-mahogany & green combination. This will be a repeat for next fall. Here in Georgia, we had just the right winter weather (finally) with enough cold temperatures to keep the flowers looking fresh, but not so chilly as to dispatch a soggy palette of wilted winter container color. We also had a very chilly March, so that prolonged our winter flower display this year….a joy to behold.

And in a just a few short days, I’ll be ripping all these containers apart to make room for their summer counterparts! 

Making the Rounds….Breaking Beauty 
I love this time of year, visiting all my container garden clients as I do every Friday. The planters we installed last fall, break loose and fill porches, terraces and pool decks with color, fragrance, and frenzied foliage. The riot of color only lasts for a couple of weeks. But it’s worth every moment. 

Making the Rounds….Breaking Beauty 

I love this time of year, visiting all my container garden clients as I do every Friday. The planters we installed last fall, break loose and fill porches, terraces and pool decks with color, fragrance, and frenzied foliage. The riot of color only lasts for a couple of weeks. But it’s worth every moment. 

Winter Garden Foliage

Frigid winter temperatures doesn’t mean no color in the garden. Mix and match evergreens, perennials, and conifers for a luxurious winter tapestry. Many foliage plants thrive under chilly conditions ~ even snow and ice storms. Choose different textures and leaf forms for container gardens and place them near the front entry or friendship door where they will be seen throughout the winter. Keep planters evenly watered to prevent them from cracking during the constant freezing and thawing that occurs in winter months.