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Cathy’s Front Garden Cart

Spring in Virginia

garden cart full of plants

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.

front yard garden bedThe 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.

garden cart full of plantsThis 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.

spring flowers by a drivewayThe 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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    treasuresmom 04/29/2021

    What a cute way to show off summer flowers.

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    simplesue 04/29/2021

    Awww! A cute and creative way to give your flower bed height and a center of interest!

  3. btucker9675 04/29/2021

    What a charming little vignette!!

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    vanhatalosuomi 04/29/2021

    Very endearing floral show. Thanks for sharing Cathy.

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