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Butchart Gardens, Day 3

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong

Welcome to day 3 of our tour of Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, courtesy of Cherry Ong. Today we’re getting an inspirational look at some of their best container plantings. 

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong

Cherry says, “Containers were found all over the gardens, around the eateries, gift shops, and parking area. I love the way that they incorporated what we would consider houseplants into the mix. The dark colors are an absolute headturner.”

Agreed, Cherry. Thanks so much for giving us this tour!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cherry Ong

If you’re inspired….there’s still time to create a container to enter this year’s Fine Gardening Container Design Challenge! This year this theme is Monocromatic. Here are the details:

Got a passion for purple, a yen for yellow, or an obsession for orange? This year, we challenge you to create a container design that indulges your love for a single color. Pick a color and go all out. Green is a given, of course, but your design should includes shades and tints of only one additional color, whether it be in the form of foliage or flowers. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
What to submit:
-Several jpeg digital images of your container at its peak
-A detailed list of all the plants in your container
-Your contact info (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)
The entry deadline is August 16th, 2013. Email your entry to [email protected].
The WINNER will be featured in a 2014 issue of Fine Gardening and receive $250 worth of Sun Parasol plants, to be redeemed at your favorite garden center or direct from the company (Sun-Fire Nurseries).

***Last’s year’s challenge theme was Flower-Free. Check out the results HERE.***

And again, this is prime time to take some photos in your garden. So get out there with your cameras and send some in! Email them to [email protected].

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  1. user-1020932 07/18/2013

    cherry these containers are nice BUT i much prefer YOUR container and basket plantings. no comparison

  2. bee1nine 07/18/2013

    Hi Cherry, Thank you for sharing your selected photo highlights at Butchart Gardens. This has been a wonderful
    glimpse of how beautiful the summer garden grounds and strikingly gorgeous the container plantings are looking this
    year. ...Truly can leave you with ideas of inspiration!

  3. sephillips 07/18/2013

    Love Buchart, definitely worth the visit. Here are our pics.
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    meander_michaele 07/18/2013

    Everything is done to the max at Butchart Gardens. Lush, colorful, interesting...kudos to the designers who think of the combinations and the hands that put them together and care for them.

  5. pattyspencer 07/18/2013

    Nice! My favorites are the containers on the stairs (both pics) They soften those concrete steps nicely

  6. tractor1 07/18/2013

    I also like the sentry planters guarding the palace stairs. And I have a penchant for window boxes, so easy to tend to from indoors and can be enjoyed from outdoors and in. I think potted plants are fine but to me the best are container grown veggies/herbs, then one can literally enjoy the fruits of their labors.... and many have the most interesting form and gorgeous flowers, a favorite is okra.

  7. sheila_schultz 07/18/2013

    Thanks for all the great Butchart Garden photos, Cherry. I agree with tntreeman, though, your containers and hanging baskets are more pleasing to my eye. I hope you are entering Fine Gardening's Container Design Challenge this year!

  8. cwheat000 07/18/2013

    Lovely containers. I like the concrete planters. The peachy salmon color used in some of the pots is different and I would like to try in my own containers some time. I like the pot by the bench a lot, but I would love to know what the wispy plant in there is.

  9. blue_nigella 07/19/2013

    A big "WOW" on the succulent container! Thanks again Cherry for shsring your trip to beautiful Butchart Gardens. I've enjoyed every photo.

  10. palmgirl 07/19/2013

    very WOW,i really love these containers and I am so inspired to start mine. thanks Cherry.

  11. Jarna 07/19/2013

    These are very nice container and along with your lovely containers Cherry are good to look at for inspiration. Does anyone know what the orange flowered plant that is in both the window box and the black container?

  12. bee1nine 07/20/2013

    Hi Jarna, In case your checking back about the orange flowered
    plant- do you mean the pouch-like orange flowers? If so, I
    know it to be the Pocketbook plant or commonly known as the
    Slipper flower. There are other common names, as well. Not
    sure on the botanical name. Can be grown as a houseplant or
    just an annual.

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