Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Would it surprise you to learn that container gardening has a different meaning for me?

For me it is all about finding a unique container I already have, and the story that goes with it.

For the stone retablo in our front courtyard, I pulled purple verbena which was growing wildly in our back yard and 'planted' its roots in a small opening at the retablo base.

Why? Because on an El Paso garden tour of homes this past Sunday, I saw purple verbena everywhere, peeking out of unusual places in beautiful West Texas gardens.

This past weekend I also enjoyed using some of my blue and white pieces as 'containers'. 

After a quick trip to WalMart's garden center, where I found a yucca plant for less than $7, a spike dracena for $4, and a sedum plant for $6 , I tucked them into some of my favorite blue and white pieces in our entry.

It all looked brighter when I tucked a cutting from a pink kolanche I had on our back porch in as well.
When I planted the spike dracena in my new blue and white bird planter, this adventure in container gardening was complete. 

Container gardening is usually much larger in scale than what I created this weekend, and it combines multiple plants.

I have created those as well, but this weekend was about something else:)
Try this. It is so much fun.  

I have planted small plants and succulents in antique Mexican pottery and silverplate pieces and in pots that are already full of plants.

Container gardening should be as simple as combining something 'found' with a small plant that matches that container in quirkiness. 

These smaller plants create the perfect touch in a vignette in the garden and inside as well.

It is affordable and fun which makes it perfect for April's Ten on the Tenth.

I hope you will visit all of the other wonderful bloggers who are sharing their container gardening ideas for 
They are all so creative .


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Eilis said...

Your container gardening in beautiful treasures is the best kind! The purple verbena looks like it was meant to be with your statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You have sure adapted to Santa Fe!

Katie Mansfield said...

It's so, so pretty. I've been all about blue and white this spring. Your collection is amazing. I need to plant something in a blue and white planter. Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Laura, as usual you container gardening is beautiful. I have to admit that the purple verbena is one of my very favorite plants. It was one of the first things I planted when I moved to Texas. It looks so good with your statue! The blue and white.... so lovely with the plants. Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

This is all just gorgeous! I am in love with your retablo! Can't wait to see more of your casa. The little peeks have been wonderful!

Jeanie said...

I love your small container gardening -- it's beautiful and I know it has to add warmth and charm to your already warm and charming home! But what knocks me out is the retablo. I love the verbena and it is so striking in that spot, that color, everything. Bravo.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

The purple verbena is so pretty - Wildflowers are my favorite, however i don't think that grows wild in NY?? Your blue and white containers are lovely, I especially like the bird - well done!!

Theresa said...

I am also going to do some container planting out by the pool:) Thanks for sharing these beauties with me! Enjoy your day dear Laura! HUGS!

Kim said...

Oh, I love your pretty blues! We are still dealing with snow here, so peeking at anything green makes me smile.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your retablo is gorgeous with the added purple verbena!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

I love your Our Lady of Guadalupe container. The purple verbena looks perfect in it. Also, your collection of blue and white containers is stunning! Enjoy your week, Laura.

Lea said...

Love, love succulents and your beautiful containers are perfect for them. We have yellow verbena in our yard and it is beautiful!

Nancy's Notes said...

Love your garden containers and those lovely blooms! Laura, they are all simply beautiful! What a wonderful post, my friend!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful post with your lovely blue and white pieces. Great ideas for vignettes.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

This is all so very lovely and perfect for d├ęcor for your new home.
I am very inspired by how you used these lovely blue and white pieces to create such a fabulous entry vignette too!
You are my sister gardener!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I'm enjoying this 10 on the 10th series! You have some wonderful blue and white pots, and I always love them planted with greens. Still waiting for our flowers to bloom up here in the northeast--the daffodils are just poking out of the ground. It's so nice to see your purple verbena used in such a unique way. I love your idea! Linda

Mary K. said...

Laura the combination of the green and blue is stunning. I never would have thought to add plants inside these beautiful ceramic pieces but they work so well together. Especially with the pops of color from the flowers.

Mary said...

I'm a sucker for a beautiful grotto and yours is lovely!

Kerrie said...

Beautiful! Love your blue and white containers, also!

Cynthia Christensen said...

Okay, I'm drooling over your beautiful Blue and White container display! Then my eye spots the little bamboo risers wondering where you found them. Will you share? Everything is just so tranquil. Loving it.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I am loving how you've used some of your blue and white collection as planters. Adding that touch of green really livens up things!

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