By Kim Charles

Deborah Smith focuses on succulents and container gardens on the east coast of Canada.

"I garden on the east coast of Canada.  We have many foggy days and usually wet periods in the summer.  Not so, this past summer.  Probably the most challenging aspect of trying to garden successfully is the wind. 


Nevertheless, I have a large succulent collection with some cacti.  They are a challenge to keep happy in these conditions but always surprise me with their hardiness.  When they start looking too sad, I chop their heads off and replant them.  They do not get as large and lush as I would like because of the elements.

I overwinter many plants in a sunroom and a greenhouse room that has three stands of grow lights.  I hang grow lights from the sunroom ceiling.  I also have a collection of phormium as they are so dramatic and tough beside the ocean.


My passion is container gardening.  My next email will have a few more container pix.  My husband made me 13 fibre glass boxes that serve as window boxes and boxes for our 80 foot ocean side deck.  They are light enough that I can manage them myself.   

I loved your container pix!!!!!  We do not have unique places to buy plants in this area.  I usually travel to Nova Scotia with a Hort buddy in search of the different and unusual."


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