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Accessorize!: Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

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Fine Gardening - Issue 145
Accessorize!: Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

For the 2011 Container Design Challenge, we asked our readers to add a little something extra to their container designs. Just like the perfect purse or a snazzy tie can make a ho-hum outfit sing, an extra object add some pizzazz to a planting. We left the concept wide open, inviting our readers to interpret it as they wished, and you certainly were inspired.

We’re sharing with you here the winning photo, along with photos of all the finalists’ entries. Click on the images to enlarge them.


Enter the 2012 Container Challenge— Fabulous foliage is the theme of Fine Gardening‘s 2012 Container Design Challenge. Deadline for entries: August 19, 2012.

And the winner is…

Cindy Young, Brewster, New York

Accessorize!: Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge
Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Young.

Accessory:
Deer antlers

Plants:
‘Moonlight’ caladium (Caladium bicolor ‘Moonlight’, USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11)

African mask (Alocasia amazonica, Zone 11)

Elephant ear (Alocasia lauterbachiana, Zone 11)

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana cv., annual)

English ivy (Hedera helix cv., Zones 5-11)


Finalists’ photos

Michelle Baldwin, Bluffton, South Carolina

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Garden lights

Plants:
Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla, Zones 9-11)

‘Blue rows’ rush (Juncus inflexus ‘Blue Arrows’, Zones 5-11)

Breathless™ Blush euphorbia (Euphorbia Breathless™ Blush, annual)

Silver drop eucalyptus (Eucalyptus gunnii, Zones 9-11)

‘Redhead’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Redhead’, Zones 12-13)

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas cv., Zone 11)

 

Deborah Trickett, Milton, Massachusetts

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Birdhouse

Plants:
Plectranthus (Plectranthus cv., Zones 12-13)

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cv., Zones 12-13)

Cherry sage (Salvia coccinea, Zones 9-11)

 

Alice Dann, St. Cloud, Wisconsin

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Perfume bottle

Plants:
Rex begonia (Begonia cv., Zones 12-13)

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cv., Zones 12-13)

Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’, Zones 12-13)

 

Sherry Schmidt, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Candelabra and white candles

Plants:
‘Purple Flash’ ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum ‘Purple Flash’, annual)

Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus, Zones 9-11)

Rex begonia (Begonia cv., Zones 12-13)

Petunia (Petunia cv., annual)

Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’, Zones 8-11)

‘Mona Lavender’ plectranthus (Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’, Zones 10-11)

 

Susan Bautsch, Edwardsville, Illinois

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Metal crane

Plants:
Yellow mandevilla (Mandevilla urchites lutea, Zones 12-13)

Crotons (Codiaeum cvs., Zones 12-13)

‘Saturn’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Saturn’, Zones 12-13)

‘Black Velvet’ petunia (Petunia ‘Black Velvet’, annual)

Lemon thyme (Thymus X citriodorus, Zones 6-9)

‘Silver Falls’ dichondra (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, Zones 10-11)

 

Brenda Addington, Suwanee, Georgia

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Pink china plate

Plants:
Dragon Wing® Pink begonia (Begonia Dragon Wing® Pink, annual)

Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus, Zones 9-11)

Petunia (Petunia cv., annual)

Tuberous begonia (Begonia cv., Zones 12-13)

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana cv., annual)

 

Carol Corbin, Troy, Michigan

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Wine bottle corks

Plants:
‘Cora Burgundy’ vinca (Vinca ‘Cora Burgundy’, annual)

‘Sangria’ ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum ‘Sangria’, annual)

‘Dipt in Wine’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Dipt in Wine’, Zones 12-13)

 

Roxane Hutchins, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Blue wine bottles

Plants:
Red Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, Zones 9-11)

Dusty Miller (Senecio cv., annual)

Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’, Zones 8-11)

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas cv., Zone 11)Petunia (Petunia cv., annual

 

Altha Brooks, Van Wert, Ohio

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Blown glass sphere

Plants:
Spikemosses (Selaginella cvs., Zones 6-10)

 

Shannon Lester, Bend, Oregon

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Glass tabletop

Plants:
Cobweb hens and chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum, Zones 5-8)

‘Red Rubin’ hens and chicks (Sempervivum ‘Red Rubin’, Zones 4-8)

‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zones 6-9)

 

Linda Procker, Columbus, Ohio

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

Accessory:
Decorative metal cats

Plants:

Callie® Deep Yellow calibrachoa (Calibrachoa Callie® Deep Yellow, annual)

Bonfire(®) begonia (Begonia boliviensis Bonfire®, Zones 10-11)

Bacopa (Sutera cordata cv., annual)Geranium (Pelargonium cv., annual)

Charmed Wine shamrock (Oxalis ‘JROXBURWI’, Zones 8-11)

MiniFamous™ Lavender Blue calibrachoa (Calibrachoa MiniFamous™ Lavender Blue, annual)

Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina, Zone 11)

 

Ellen Mann, Fox Point, Wisconsin

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge
Photo: Courtesy of Ellen Mann.

Once upon a time…

Mushrooms often bring to mind fairy tales, and these colorful mushrooms, combined with an abundance of cheerful flowers, are sure to spark anyone’s imagination.

Accessory:
Ceramic mushrooms

Plants:
Cordyline (Cordyline australis cv., Zones 10-11)

Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum cv., annual)

Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia cv., annual)

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas cv., Zone 11)

Calibrachoa (Calibrachoa cv., annual)

 

Moira McQuarrie, Hanson, Massachusetts

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge
Photo: Courtesy of Moira McQuarrie.

Plants out loud

Succulents are the perfect match for this vintage gramophone horn—especially the agave, which mimics perfectly the horn’s shape and colors. A dash of red flowers highlights the rusty accents on both the gramophone and the container.

Accessory:
Gramophone horn

Plants:
Happy crown agave (Agave ‘Kissho Kan’, Zones 7-10)

Blazin’ Glory senecio (Senecio cephalophorus, Zones 9-11)

Thornless prickly pear cactus (Opuntia cacanapa ‘Ellisiana’, Zones 7-10)

Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum, Zone 11)

Madagascar palm (Pachypodium lamerei, Zone 11)

‘Golden Glow’ sedum (Sedum adolphi ‘Golden Glow’, Zones 10-11)

 

Cindy Voigt, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge
Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Voigt.

A trip to the tropics

Cindy set out to create a design with tropical flair— a challenge in central Wisconsin. She started with two jeweled golden peacocks and filled in with lush, bold, and colorful plants. Dark, dramatic leaves and dashes of hot red turn up the thermostat.

Accessory:
Decorative metal peacocks

Plants:
‘Coffee Cups’ elephant’s ears (Colocasia esculenta ‘Coffee Cups’, Zones 8-11)

Purple sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’, Zones 5-8)

‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’, Zone 11)

‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’, Zones 9-10)

‘Mosaik Lava Red’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Mosaik Lava Red’, Zone 11)

‘Gay’s Delight’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Gay’s Delight’, Zone 11)


– Michelle Gervais is the associate editor.

From Fine Gardening #145

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