By: Kim Charles

I'm a sucker for heucheras and it shows. The Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander' was a gift from one of my clients years back. She was a garden volunteer in a public garden in Victoria and she brought me a couple of nice perennials.  I cherish these little things - brings a smile to my face when it comes alive every spring.

Our friend and fellow gardener, Cherry Ong from British Columbia, has been very busy this past season, creating innovative container gardens with a unique mix of succulents, perennials, and annuals. With so many great photos to choose from, I have decided on a 2-part post. Enjoy!

"Here's a mix of Spring and Summer containers I've tried growing this year. I do like to mix up perennials and annuals. This year, I've tried more and more succulents. I still have to try growing many other types of plants, and will experiment more in the future."

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Fabulous new leaves on this Rheum 'Ace of Hearts'. It seems to prefer cooler weather in my experience. Definitely "hydrophilic."


This Kalmia latifolia 'Little Linda' has been growing in a container for several years now and it is most definitely a showstopper in the spring. You can almost hear them pop when the blooms open.


One of my younger perennial additions: Enkianthus campanulatus. I've had it for two years now and can't resist those edged pink nodding and pendulous flower clusters. For you grass lovers out there (like obsessive neurotic John Markowski), I grow a lot of Hakonechloa in containers and the ones in the photo have been in the same containers for more than five years. I top them off with compost each spring just like the rest of my garden.

More spring color going on in the carport container garden.  Osmanthus heterophyllis 'Goshiki' in the foreground, Corylus and Choisya in the background.


Sempervivum in these Craigslist found cast iron urns. I couldn't resist these urns, and they were such a fun find. The bejeweled rock is a precious gift from a fellow gardener. Glass ball picks found on clearance one year at Target would you believe? Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' is a keeper among the stonecrops that I have tried.


Spring fireworks by the front door - my Sciadopitys verticillata showing off its new foliage. 


Underplantings in one of my Japanese maple containers. Unfortunately, we had a warmer summer than usual so the lobelia fizzled out.


The carport container garden during the summer. I do miss Spring and Summer already.


Meet my "Little Uni" (Japanese for sea urchin) pot. This is my first time to grow Mangave (this one is called 'Moonglow') and I must say I am loving it. Fingers crossed we make it to next year.


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