Robin Parsons is sharing some her handiwork today.
She writes: I loved your recent articles on containers and utilizing existing materials. Hope you will enjoy these pots I design seasonally for a wonderful waterfront-estate client in the Seattle area.
This wonderful container has a festive, holiday feel, emphasizing green and white from variegated ivy, ornamental cabbages, and a blooming Christmas rose (Helleborus niger, Zones 3–8). Points of color add to the scene from a bright red ball tucked in among the plants and colorful berries. I also love how this planter visually borrows the branches of a tree behind it.
These colorful containers are focused on bright foliage, from the purple ornamental cabbages, yellow-foliaged shrubs, and a wonderful heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica, Zones 6–11) blushing red for the winter.
Another view of the same two containers. What wonderful pots of color and sunshine to light up the sometimes dreary Seattle winter.
I love the use of holiday ornaments in this container, which give it a festive air. The big red ornament echoes the red in the leaves of the heavenly bamboo that dominates the containers. The whole color scheme is a simple, sophisticated, and seasonally appropriate green-and-red.
These two densely planted containers are rich, diverse gardens all their own. Points of color from ornamental cabbages emphasize the tapestry of contrasting foliage from the shrubs that make up the bulk of these planters.
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