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Colorful and Creative Elements

By Kim Charles

Charcoal grills are also good for succulents!

After a delayed start to the season, things are now revving up in Jeff Calton's garden.

"This is Annabelle season and she is showing off with the flowers growing larger each day. The containers are starting to fill in after a long, rainy and very cool spring. The tropical are late to start flushing out. Next up with be daylily season then H. Limelight and Strawberry Vanilla and the list goes on."

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The crevice planter is still alive!

It needs a name

Octopus Garden

Patio bed

Patio exit path

Salvia argentea, Rumex, Acorus Ogon, Dichondra 


Sideyard looking southwest

Annabelle again

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  1. christianelena 06/20/2017

    Wonderfull création.
    Like the octopus garden!

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    meander_michaele 06/20/2017

    Your garden always tickles my sense of fun and wonder, Jeff. Yes, I love the little octopus and you tucked him (maybe her) in the perfect place. He looks so at home and seems to be just waiting for Dory to swim by. The crevice planter looks great and who can argue with a serene view filled with the white bobbing heads of Annabelle hydrangeas.

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      Annabelle outdid herself this year

  3. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

    Salvia was planted this spring (late April) 4" pot from Annie's

  4. gardencook 06/20/2017

    Very creative and beautiful gardens!!!! I enjoyed seeing the octopus tucked between the plants and you certainly have an eye for the whimsy!! I enjoy all hydrangeas and so glad to see Annabelle in bloom! Well manicured lawn and gardens and it would be a fun to visit your gardens!

  5. deeinde 06/20/2017

    Loved seeing your gardens this morning and all of your pots.
    Names....Let's see..... Ozy? Lord Squidly? Squilliam?

  6. user-3565112 06/20/2017

    Good morning Jeff, All of your photos illustrate creativity to the max. I remember your crevice garden photo looking terrific before you added plants but now it's even better.
    The southwest garden view is outstanding.
    Good luck this summer ,Joe

  7. Chris_N 06/20/2017

    Very fun and creative as always, Jeff.

  8. user-4691082 06/20/2017

    His name should be Otto! Your garden is so beautiful and interesting. I'll pore over these photos again and have quite the succulent variety! I really enjoyed this post, Jeff. You can't post too often for me!

  9. user-4691082 06/20/2017

    Ps- you had me at hello clivia!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2017

      That Clivia really jumped out at me, too. Well, hello there!

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    treasuresmom 06/20/2017

    Not a weed in sight! Good grief, Jeff. How do you keep it so beautifully weeded?

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      oh there are weeds but I do pull weeds whenever I see them and never ever ever let them go to seed

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2017

        One would think that, in a place overrun by pot heads, we'd see some weed.

        1. sheila_schultz 06/20/2017

          You are on a roll!!! Yes!

        2. deborah_gleason 06/21/2017

          that deserves a rim shot! chuckle chuckle!

  11. NCYarden 06/20/2017

    Outstanding, Jeff. Blown away as usual each time I get these views into your garden. Really enjoying the octopus garden...that's a cool sculpture. Maybe name him Octavius?

  12. annek 06/20/2017

    Whew, where to start? That kettle with the huge salvia was awesome, annabelles are always a favorite, the slab planting looks fantastic and the succulents, charm, whimsy (can't have enough pot heads) and lush views are all mesmerizing.

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      This place is overrun with potheads of all kinds

  13. VikkiVA 06/20/2017

    Your octopus 'Octavia' is right at home with those amazing succulents. Can't get over how much variety you have in your garden. I love every inch of it! Vikki in VA

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      I think you just named the Octopus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Octavia

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2017

    Where's Cherry? Get up, Cherry. Here's your octopus!

  15. thevioletfern 06/20/2017

    Amazing! I love, love, love the grill, the table, and crevice gardens! I want to try a tray/table garden. Those pitcher plants are striking. I purchased my very first, very small, rather pricey nepenthes but he's sporting little baby pitchers - I am so excited. You have a wonderful arrangement of interesting containers among your gardens. Thank you for the inspiration today! Oliver? Squishy? He's very cool ...

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2017

    Ho hum, Jeff. So what? So your garden is fabulous.
    Sigh. All of the gushing here is well-deserved. I think the greatest feat is how you have time and energy to be so creative when you work so hard. Your succulents, creative containers and combinations are genius. As usual, love your Sarracenias.
    The rusty container with the silvery plants is a star!

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      Tim after working in other's gardens all day mine is a refuge. I can truly unwind and escape when I am in my own space

      1. sheila_schultz 06/20/2017

        That's where you only have to listen to your own whimsy... it's the beauty of our own gardens, as Tim and I completely understand.

  17. perenniallycrazy 06/20/2017

    Paradise has never looked better! I continue to marvel at your garden and container design genius and your amazing collection of plants.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2017

      Did you ask Jeff for the Octopus for your new planter?

  18. sheila_schultz 06/20/2017

    My favorite thing about your gardens and containers, Jeff, is that they allow the viewer to run through such a wide range of emotions depending on where we look... from peaceful, to joyful, to downright playful! Oh, did I mention the outrageous factor that mysteriously takes hold the end of October? Aside from all the backbreaking work that goes into the creation of your own piece of heaven, there is no question that the little devil in you sneaks in wherever possible! Today, I'm going with happy, they make me very happy!

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      well, I am kinda already planning for end of October :)

      1. sheila_schultz 06/20/2017

        I wish I could have sent a few pieces of my Oct. collection to you as well... my daughter came first!

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  20. user-6536305 06/20/2017

    So lush and so beautiful. Containers with succulents are all artistically displayed. Where do you plant Sarracenia and how do you take care of them? Love your stone with succulents. Thanks for sharing Jeff. A true eye candy.

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      the Sarracenia are growing in a "mini bog" I made by sinking an old bathtub into the earth and filling with peat. the only thing I ever do is cut back in early spring before new growth starts and top dress with more peat

      1. user-6536305 06/20/2017

        Thanks for the tip and I am going to do it sinking in some pot.

  21. LaurelEm 06/20/2017

    Love the tropical look to many of your photos. I have tried this year to make a bed that leans toward tropical. So far It is not very successful. I need to study your pictures.

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    vanhatalosuomi 06/20/2017

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed the views :)

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    LindaonWhidbey 06/20/2017

    Good morning, Jeff. You know you have a unique garden when we all could have picked it out as yours without Kim's help:) Love the Annabelles in the shade under that gorgeous tree. How do you keep your clivia from burning? We had to move ours out of the solarium for some construction and despite being in shade, she's not at all happy. Has your argentea flowered for you? It's just stunning in that copper colored pot. Your octopus ( Legs?) put a smile on my face.
    Thanks for a great share.

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      the clivia gets no direct sun at all and does fine, the easiest plant I have. the salvia normally flowers in it's second year then dies but I usually have plantlets to carry on but not always

  24. greengenes 06/20/2017

    Hi Jeff! Lookin Good! Everything is so interesting and exciting! Love that salvia! You are a busy man for sure! Enjoy your summer!

  25. schatzi 06/20/2017

    Gorgeous as usual, Jeff. It looks like a carefully tended botanical park. I especially love the crevice and slab planters - exceptional!

  26. sithanthialfred 06/20/2017

    Stunning arrangement !! Just cannot find anything out of place.

  27. Cenepk10 06/20/2017

    Ooh-La-La !!! Come on, Jeff Is that all real ? Kidding. Un freaking believably fab u lous.

  28. user-5579651 06/20/2017

    "Ollie" the octopus !!
    Great inspiration for my Pacific NW (mainly shade) garden, Thank you for sharing, where are you situated ?

    1. jeffgoodearth 06/20/2017

      I am in upper northeast Tennessee,,,,,,native born hillbilly

  29. Meelianthus 06/20/2017

    Oh Jeff! your table top garden is beautiful as are ALL of your succulents, you have such a great talent with the display of your always interesting tropicals. Such a feast for the eyes - and mind. I especially always enjoy your side yard views - and all of your postings. Thanks again

  30. tennisluv 06/20/2017

    Lovely as always. I guess I have lead a sheltered life as I had never seen a crevice planter before, but love the look. Being a southerner, of course you have to have hydrangeas in you garden and Annabelle is such a southern lady. I was going to suggest 'Ursala' for the octopus (Octopus baddie from the Little Mermaid) but like Octavia. The silver plants in the rusted pot footed by black scallop ajuga is an eye catcher. Thanks for sharing.

  31. ospreyland 06/20/2017

    Oh please name the octopus Ringo.
    And thanks for sharing your outdoor beauty.

  32. inesmalardino 06/20/2017

    Simply smashing, just shows your love for your garden. Fabulous...

  33. user-7008681 06/21/2017

    This garden and the special plantings are amazing. So glad you shared!

  34. cynthiamccain 06/22/2017

    I always savor photos of your garden, Jeff, often coming back to them for inspiration. Your 'Octupus's Garden' is wonderful! Maybe your little buddy could be 'Ringo." Or is it a female? Looking forward to your next post!

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