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Use Branches to Add Color to a Container

This simple technique lends a handcrafted look to a plain wire frame

Fine Gardening - Issue 164

At Chanticleer, a public garden near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, my main job as a horticulturist is to help create and maintain the innovative plantings that have made the garden famous. But members of our horticultural staff also design and build site-specific landscape elements, like bridges, furniture, walls, and gates, incorporating materials from the property whenever possible.

This artisanal approach extends to our container designs. Container-gardening enthusiasts come to Chanticleer looking for inspiration, and we work hard to make sure that our pots and planters push beyond the ordinary and contain an element of surprise.

The woven basket is a crowd-pleasing technique that I think of as “success by distraction.” Brilliant red and sap green branches create an instant focal point when the container is newly planted. By the time that the branches’ bright bark begins to darken or fade, your plants will be well established and ready for their turn in…

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