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Container Design: Experiment with BIG FOLIAGE

From my experience container designs are the best areas to experiment with plant combinations. You have control over soil, watering and fertilization in a finite area. Also with seasonal plantings, you can play with plants of different hardiness.  On our driveway we have a large aluminum trough on wheels that this year was the first time planting.  We think it … READ MORE

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Using Faux Bois in the Garden

While visiting the Nashville Antique and Garden Show this year, faux bois was one of the key items featured in the garden dealer booths. These items were all sold early on Friday, proving their popularity. All these were made of concrete, included moss patina, and most were brought back from Europe by the dealers. Faux bois details are great in many … READ MORE

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GARDEN TREND: Monoculture Container Design

  I give credit for the monoculture trend in container design to the brilliant container groupings by Danish gardener Claus Dalby. The groupings of containers he places at the entrance of his garden receive over 2,000 Instagram likes for the striking color and scale impact they create. Traditionally you see “mono” container groups of singular variety of specimen plants, such as … READ MORE

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Looking back: Container Designs 2015

Finally, we have snow and below freezing temperatures. This mild winter has allowed the team to continue with projects up until Christmas, and now finally we have a chance to breath. 2015 was a busy year, and unfortunately I did not always remember to bring my camera to the job site. And as I look back at blog post, I did not share much … READ MORE

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Embracing Container Gardens – Part One

The next series of posts on Thinking Outside the Boxwood are going to be more of rant than normal as I attempt to solidify the impact container gardens have in residential gardens. By no means are container gardens a ground breaking concept, there are hundreds of books from edible containers, instant containers and succulent containers to name just a few. But the more I travel … READ MORE

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Containers – Look for Something Different

I admit I was a bit jealous over the weekend watching everyone’s Instagram posts from Trade Secrets and even worst, the mad rush of finishing RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens (have you seen photos of Dan Pearson’s garden yet?) I was able to console myself with a trip to Dawes Arboretum and Springfield Antique show with the family.  At Dawes, I found a … READ MORE