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Mary’s Creative Container Garden

Stacking pots to create an unusual planting space

winter garden container display

Today we’re visiting with Mary Danzis, who is sharing a creative container display from her garden through the seasons.

winter garden container displayBy stacking a series of terra-cotta pots, Mary has made a tall garden accent. Here, for the winter, it is decorated with cut branches from various evergreens, pine cones, apples, and the unusual green fruit of the osage orange tree (Maclura pomifera, Zones 4–9).

winter garden container with evergreensA different take on the winter display, again mixing branches, fruit, and pine cones.

kumquats in a winter garden containerAt the top of the pot tower, a tiny bird hangs out in a nest, and kumquats bring color to the cut branches.

summer garden container with LamiumIn the summer, the pot tower is transformed with a living display. Lamium (Lamium maculatum, Zones 4–8) brings silvery foliage at the bottom, while Calebrachoa (annual) bloom in various colors at the top.

summer pot towerThe growing plants of the summer pot tower completely cover the structure under them, creating a tall vertical garden accent.

winter garden container with hollyHere’s another winter display of cut branches.

fall garden container displayIn autumn, decorative gourds and berries mix with pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual) in warm, fall-appropriate colors.


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  1. PattyLouise 03/25/2021

    Very creative! Love the addition of apples & gourds!

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    treasuresmom 03/25/2021

    How creative! Sure wish I had that talent.

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    simplesue 03/25/2021

    My favorite is the one with the Osage Orange's, pine, apples with the terra cotta pots.
    That arrangement reminds me of when we were traveling through the country side of England, came across a very old quaint little church & cemetery and inside the church they were decorating for something called "Harvest Festival". I'm not religious but if I lived there I would have gone to that little church every Sunday!
    Sure love your seasonal arrangements, they have a classic beauty.

  4. user-5117752 03/25/2021

    Just a delight! How clever you are!

  5. btucker9675 03/25/2021

    What a great idea and love that you change it all throughout the year! I'm totally "borrowing" this from you - thanks for sharing!

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    cynthia2020 03/25/2021

    Mary your arrangements look terrific!

    Was wonder if you put a pole or rod down the middle?

  7. bsavage 03/26/2021

    Love it!!!

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