Tips from Tours: Use Containers as Art

First of five posts.

It’s garden tour time, and I’ve been on five wonderful tours so far, with a couple of more on the docket. I love garden tours, both for finding beautiful gardens to feature in Northern Gardener and for finding tips and ideas to use in my own garden. This week, the Notes from Northern Gardener blog will include five tips picked up on recent tours. Here’s No. 1:

Use Containers as Art

Choose big containers that complement your plants.

Every garden has those times when it looks a bit blah — maybe the blooms are in a short lull or the foilage plants are starting to look so-so. That’s the time when a beautiful container makes such a difference. I saw lots of gorgeous containers during the tours I’ve been on recently.

This pale blue container seen on a tour in Rochester last week complemented the deep colors and height of the tropical plants in it. Putting the container on a rolling plant stand makes it easier to move the container in and out of the sun.

The containers shown below were in a stunning, historic St. Paul garden that was part of the Tangletown Art and Garden Tour on Saturday draw attention to the bottom and the top of a striking water feature. The formal look of the lower container blends beautifully with the style of the garden and the upper container adds color. The two containers at the base of the waterfall draw your eye further into the scene.

Of course, a pretty container looks even better with well-cared-for, bright plants, and those were in abundance during the garden tours.

waterfall and garden containers

Containers flank this stunning waterfall. It’s been on the site since 1917.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about the bloom color in annuals that seemed to be everywhere during the tours this week.

Which garden tour is among your favorites? I’d love to attend it — either this summer or next!


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