Today we’re off to Yorktown, Virginia, where Cathy Thacker is sharing a flowery display in her front yard.
This white garden cart is located in the front yard of my house in Yorktown, Virginia. In the cart are potted pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool season annual). Around it, phlox (Phlox subulata, Zones 3–9) from last year returns to bloom with the fall planting of tulips. Tulips in this area are considered annuals and have to be replanted every fall.
Whiskey barrels with tropical Mandevilla on both sides of the cart welcome warmer weather. As hot summer temps take over, I will be replacing the pansies with vincas (Catharanthus roseus, annual), and dahlias will be replacing the tulips.
The cart makes a nice focal point to this planting, which includes the soft, wonderful colors of spring.
The phlox planted around the base is a perennial that will spread more each year to create a sheet of spring flowers and a dense carpet of green foliage the rest of the year to set off the annuals in the cart and whiskey-barrel planters.
This closer view shows the pansies in containers set on top of the cart. Growing them this way makes it easy to change them out for more heat-tolerant flowers once summer arrives.
The view from the back shows the phlox beginning to spill over into the driveway, a display that will keep getting better with each passing year.
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