"Wine & Lime" Pioneer Prairie display late July. Left to right and front to back: 'Trailing Rose' and 'Wasabi' coleus, parrot's beak, Calibrachoa Superbells® Yellow Chiffon , Talinum 'Limon', Cordyline 'Festival Grass' peeking out, Persian shield, Stipa 'Pony Tails' grass, Iresine 'Purple Lady', 'Persian Queen' geranium, 'Margarite' sweet potato vine, 'Big Red Judy' coleus, and then more of the same. Baskets - Calibrachoa Superbells® Yellow Chiffon, Grape Punch & Pink. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" Setting up the first display at Settler's Ridge. The cedar planters are last year. I had one volunteer who did most of the work building them. The pots were planted earlier by volunteers and staff and moved into position. The small tree in the center is tropical smoke bush (Euphorbia cotinifolia.) Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" Settler's Ridge display late August. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" - Close up. 'Margarita' sweet potato vine, Calibrachoa Superbells® Pink, Iresine 'Purple Lady', Parrot's Beak, and Coleus 'Dipt in Wine', 'Trailing Rose', and 'Big Red Judy' Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" - Close up. 'Red Star' cordyline,' Margarita' sweet potato vine, tropical smoke bush, 'Dipt in Wine' coleus, Hibiscus 'Mahogany Splendor'. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" - Close up Stipa 'Pony Tails' grass, 'Margarita' and 'Blackie' sweet potato vines, 'Big Red Judy', 'Wasabi', & 'Trailing Rose' coleus Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime Settler's Ridge display, beginning of October. Mums swapped for hanging calis. Sweet potatoes and coleus have gone crazy. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Sawing Logs" Settler's Ridge. Mums, asters, prairie grasses, flowering kale, 'Redbor' kale, 'Dinosaur' kale, various and sundry other plants snuck in, pumpkins, heirloom pumpkins, decorative squash, guy sleeping on the job, and various pieces of old farm equipment. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Sawing Logs" Settler's Ridge. Close up fall display. Fall mums, 'Nagoya Mix' ornamental kale, pumpkins, blue Hubbard squash on antique slip scraper. Surrounding are 'Henry III Pink' & 'Peter III Blue' asters, 'Redbor' kale, Heuchera 'Georgia Peach'. The grasses at the back are 'Indian Warrior' big bluestem, 'Prairie Fire' switchgrass and 'Indian Steel' Indian grass, Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Sawing Logs" Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Wine & Lime" Pioneer Prairie display in late July. The displays are planted in the round (but I don't have any good shots of the sides facing the buildings.) Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. "Sawing Logs" Pioneer Prairie. I like how the shapes of the pulley, wagon wheel, and grinder echo each other and the round pumpkins and ornamental kale. Click on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up. Today's photos are from Chris Neumann. He says, "I am the Lead Horticulturist at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community on the northeast side of Madison, Wisconsin. We have a complete continuum of care with independent living, assisted living, memory care, and a skilled nursing facility. Oakwood has two campuses in Madison, the west campus being 65 years old and situated in an oak woods. Our campus was built 14 years ago on 17 acres of former agricultural land. Good thing the other campus was built first or we might be named Cornfield Village. As Lead Horticulturist, I lead two interns in the summer, various volunteers throughout the year, and myself in between. I also supervise the contracted landscape company that does the mowing in the summer and plowing in the winter. I work with other members of the Life Enrichment team to provide monthly garden groups for the different resident populations and to make sure we have gardening opportunities for all residents who would like them. The campus was built with over a mile of perennial and shrub borders that wrap around all the buildings. We also plant some beds and lots of containers with annuals and tropicals. I have thousands of photos taken over the 10 years I have been here. My problem is to limit what I send. To start, I thought I would start with the two container plantings that are the most fun for my interns and I to plan and build. These are the summer and fall displays in front of Pioneer Prairie and Settler's Ridge, our two independent living apartment buildings." These are great, Chris!! I can't wait to see more. **** Share your garden story.... 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