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3 Great Ideas from Denver

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 ( 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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  1. Sunshine111 11/10/2017

    I love the sedum Angelina and those blue pots too. I have some in a taller blue pot about waist high, and I’ve got a draping over the sides mixed in with other plantings

  2. tennisluv 11/10/2017

    Nice ideas, Steve. The Angelina sedum in the blue pots and Karl Foerster grass as a screen are two great suggestions. Got a tall blue pot just waiting to be planted.

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    meander_michaele 11/10/2017

    Not hard to understand why that grouping of blue pots was worth taking a picture of, Steve. I remember the first year I planted 'Angelina', I was so enamored with the chartreusy color that I was disappointed that it took on the eye-catching orange/red tones in the winter. Ha, dumb I love to see the tinges of the fiery glow starting to develop as the temperatures drop.

  4. user-7007498 11/10/2017

    I have to join in on the love of ‘Angelina’. Wonderful accent in the garden against dark colored foliage, and spectacular paired with blue conifers. Plus tough as nails plant. I have it planted in the ‘hellstrip’ where it gets covered in feet of compacted snow from the plows, with the accompanying road salt, and it looks awesome as soon as the snow melts. Then takes the heat of the sidewalk and curb with no extra water. Superstar plant.

  5. Maggieat11 11/10/2017

    That first photo with the 'Angelina' and blue pots is a stunner!!! What an awesome day that bus trip must have been!

  6. cheryl_c 11/10/2017

    Hi, Steve. Ditto on the Angelina. I've considered it for several years but now that I hear it takes on orangey tones with cooler weather (thanks, Meander!) I've got to add it along the sidewalk for my purple/orange/chartreuse bed. And what a great job of 'hiding in plain sight' the Karl Foerster does,

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      meander_michaele 11/10/2017

      Hi, Cheryl, here's a picture of Angelina in early spring when it still has a strong orangy look.

      1. cheryl_c 11/11/2017

        Wow! I love it! Will definitely be looking for it next spring! Thanks so much for sharing!

      2. user-6536305 12/28/2017

        Wow, I love this too! Like your pots.

  7. Chris_N 11/10/2017

    Those deep blue pots are great foils for the chartreuse Angelina. There's a deep blue/ chartreuse combo in the wheelbarrow/sweet potato, too. Pulled out my gardener's color wheel and figured out they are two legs of a triad. Have to try those and add the third - some fiery orange-red. That might be too much, but then, too much in gardening is often just right! Thanks, Steve.

    1. linnyg. 11/10/2017

      I have a Moroccan patio during the warm season with all Moroccan cobalt blue pots with lots of orange-red for accents and plants that hail from northern Africa - just like I saw in Morocco! So relaxing on a hot summer's day.

  8. sheila_schultz 11/10/2017

    Some clever gardener must have hit up the 2nd hand china shop for that set of cobalt blue bowls and saucers! What an lucky find when brilliantly paired with such a workhorse in the garden and containers, Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’. She really is the perfect plant in my mind with great color, and texture plus being water-wise and trouble-free all in one little plant! Oh, and that riot of annual's... I need to get me some of those!

  9. alohaland 11/10/2017

    On first look I thought I might have died and gone to flower heaven........and the realization that these lovely cobalt blue planters can work with just about any color and style. Mahalo from the land of beautiful blue oceans and green palm trees. Many plants will not do well here-just too hot and dry during the summer months, and this past summer was a melting pot! I've had to learn what works and what melts away, think hydrangeas........but the Bougainville's are the bomb!

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    treasuresmom 11/11/2017

    Love it all.

  11. user-6536305 12/28/2017

    Love the last photo of the grass and fire hydrant combination. Thanks for sharing!

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