Today we’ve got some photos that Joe Hopkins sent in, along with information about the garden by Scott Dunlap.
Joe asked that I get some information to you on the garden. We live in Buffalo, New York, and are very involved in the annual event Garden Walk Buffalo. We generally get well over 2,000 visitors over the course of the two days. Joe plants over 150 pots in the yard. Our home is on a typical city lot, very long and very narrow. Our driveway butts up to our next-door neighbor’s house, so adding the pots allows for extra garden space right on the blacktop. People are generally shocked when they find out that section of the garden is all pots. It works out very well.
One of the big challenges for Joe is that he has a major color deficiency. He is not quite color-blind, but it’s very close. Somehow he has turned this into a plus. He is naturally fearless when it comes to color combinations. Colors that he can identify and that he likes are sprinkled throughout the garden, bringing it consistency. His color deficiency also forces him to focus on values and textures rather than the colors themselves. For example, he has a passion for the textures and values in coleus. He spends a great deal of his summer searching for new and different varieties. Friends who own a greenhouse just south of Buffalo have dubbed him “the Coleus Man.”
Joe has also built some amazing outdoor living areas into the yard. Again, on the blacktop he made a beautiful living area with a rug, seating, and umbrella all surrounded by a beautiful wall of potted plants. Just past the living area is the dining area, again surrounded by a living wall of potted plants. It is amazing that such a small yard has so much to offer.
Gardening is Joe’s passion. It is what keeps him going. His passion is somewhat contagious, as he has given the bug to several friends and relatives.
The lush garden created on the driveway by countless pots.
This whole garden seating area is packed with plants, all in containers, all on the surface of the driveway.
This is what the very same space looks like in winter when the pots are all empty, waiting for warm weather and time for planting. What a transformation!
Varieties of coleus bring lots of color and texture.
The dark leaves and light yellow flowers of this dahlia (Zones 8–11 or as a tender bulb) make a dramatic contrast whether you are color-blind or not.
High contrast of dark and light leaves in a wide range of textures makes this container shine.
One last view of this wildly beautiful and creative garden.
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