I must admit, I have always been greatly influenced by English gardens and gardeners. My lifelong goal has been for my gardens to have the “cottage” style look, and I’ve always felt I was born on the wrong side of the pond.
One thing I have noticed in the last few years is how many plants the English grow in pots. That is not to say that Americans don’t grow plants in pots, because we do, but there is a great difference.
Americans seem to use pots as accent plants or focal points on a porch or deck. But the English use them in masses and in their gardens, where I had never previously thought to put a pot. Not speaking for anyone else in America, but for me, I think the difference lies in the fact that our climates are so totally different. To have potted plants in America, requires constant maintenance in the form of watering, usually daily watering. The summers can be extremely hot here, often with little rain. And the winters are so cold and harsh, that all pots must be stored away to prevent cracking.
To this end, I have decided to use my stored away containers in the garden this summer, starting with this trio, sitting very neglected in the shed.
I’ve had these clay pots for years, but it’s been more than a few since they had any plants in them. I decided to start with a bright yellow ranunculus that I found at the grocery store. I have never grown them before, since for some reason I didn’t think they were compatible with out climate. We shall see how they do over time, but in the moment, they were too beautiful to resist.
Plus, they matched the beauty of all the daffodils and forsythia currently in bloom.
The middle size pot I planted with Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow.
I have lots of moss growing in my yard and grass, which I love to use in my potted containers, to not only make them look more natural, but also to help hold in moisture.
I have never grown Euphorbia before either, but it appealed to me because of it’s unique shape and form.
The last container was filled with a few herbs . . . parsley, oregano, and thyme.
And so, my first trio of potted plants in the garden . . . a little bit of color, texture, and edibles. And a sweet bunny that won’t be eating the plants and flowers.
Currently, they are sitting rather out in the open, but soon the comfrey beside them, and the hydrangea behind them will fill in around them and make them look right at home. In the meantime, while the center of attention, I’ll enjoy the textures of the clay pots and the plants they hold.