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An Artist’s Garden Containers

Making magic with plants and pots

diverse container plantings with bright pink flowers and foliage plants

Today’s photos are from Jolene, who is sharing the beautiful garden that her mother, Tina Iosca, has created. We’ve been lucky enough to visit this beautiful garden before: The Secret Garden.

It’s another gorgeous garden at my parent’s house this year. My mother is an absolutely brilliant artist, and everything she touches turns to beauty. This is by far her greatest work. Her container gardening is stunning, as she doesn’t have as much landscape to plant in. She lives in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. She is a primitive antique dealer. Her house was built in 1740.

She loves topiaries and underplanting them with a variety of whimsical flowers.

These photos are from her garden tour.

container plantings on a patio with topiaries and flowersCountless containers combining neatly trimmed topiary with more wild-growing annuals make a magical space.

close up of container with topiary and lobelia underneathTrailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) makes a cloud of flowers under this perfectly pruned topiary sphere.

close up of different containers on the patioCarefully planted and combined containers can make a whole garden out of a space.

close up fo more containers with topiaries and colorful flowersBright yellow-green sedum (Sedum ‘Angelina’, Zones 4–8) and impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) bring brilliant color to the bottom of this pot.

diverse container plantings with bright pink flowers and foliage plantsEach container is different—some are full of flowers, others are simple studies in shades of green and texture. The variety keeps this display looking dynamic and exciting.

faced shaped container planted with purple flowersA container shaped like a face has a cloud of trailing lobelia above it.

close up of pink foxglove flowersThese tall foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 3–8) have romantic, classic cottage-garden blooms.

wider view of the container covered patioA magical space

front of old Pennsylvania homeThis is the house, built in 1740, that is the setting for this beautiful garden.

If you want to see more, check out Tina’s Instagram: @nunziatinaiosca


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  1. btucker9675 06/22/2023

    Everything is so lovely - the plants, the gorgeous containers, that fabulous old home. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Oxdriftgardener 06/22/2023

    I absolutely love your mother's style

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    simplesue 06/23/2023

    I love the garden! I love the house!
    It is all so artistic and creative, what a cool place!

  4. gardenconcierge 06/24/2023

    Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

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