I love Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ in pretty much any situations. It is perfect in these blue bowls, and the line of them is a perfect, calming frame to the riot of annuals above them. Now all I need are some blue bowls and a riot of annuals.

From Fine Gardening editor Steve Aitken, “I had the pleasure of attending the Perennial Plant Association’s National Symposium (www.perennialplant.org) this summer in Denver. One whole day was devoted to hauling busloads of plant geeks around to various gardens. I saw plenty of cool things worth stealing – I mean sharing. Here are a few.”

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We’ve all seen the wheelbarrow-as-planter thing before (haven’t we?). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is one of the good ones, and I guess it all comes down to the planting. Normally, I’m not one for pink petunias, but they work here. So I guess I shouldn’t be so snobbish about petunias.

Everyone has something they need to screen, and it is difficult when the object is something you don’t want people to see, unless they need it. Good old Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ blocks the view but not the access to the hydrant proving that there isn’t much this plant can’t do.

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