First Spring Container

A delightful task was to search my favorite garden center for the plants that made up our first container arrangement of this new spring. I usually start with plants with which I am familiar, but inevitably my eye always seems to land on something new. The manager of the garden center and I are on first name basis. I am a regular, and Manager Bob is eager to point out new items for me to consider. My wife has opinions as well; in truth she really holds decision making rights over the two dozen plus pots we fill each spring and fall in our garden. So my choices for this project had to pass the “spouse approval test.”

The experts advise stuffing as many plants as pot will hold…to achieve a certain “lush look”…and I followed their direction. The star roles in the arrangement are taken by Hosta x ‘Empress Wu’ and Coral Bells Heuchera villosa ‘Citronelle.’ The supporting cast include Spotted Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenway,’ Bugleweed Ajuga reptans ‘Mahogany,’ and Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia.

1st design

The first container arrangement of spring

I am pleased with the results…and so is my wife. Who could ask for a better start? Only twenty-three more pots to go.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to First Spring Container

  1. This is a beauty. I’ve made it to the nursery earlier in the week…work on the new garden. Sharing the plant names is a great plus about this blog.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your first spring container turned out nice and I like that blue pot too. Susie


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