I’m glad to be in the air conditioning today as temps are expected to soar later, but high temperatures don’t always keep me inside. A few weeks ago I was out “in it” eagerly visiting 22 gardens throughout Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. I was one of 100 fortunate (or maybe fanatical?? ) gardeners participating in the Garden Bloggers Fling 2017. We visited public and private gardens, big gardens, small gardens, floral fusion gardens, foliage sporting shade gardens, and urban farm gardens. The diversity, creativity and commitment to growing was inspiring.
I took more photos in the four days visiting the Washington DC area gardens, than I’ve taken in past four months. Of course, sometimes there were 100 other people in the gardens with me so some of my photos are just a funny conglomerate of arms, legs, and other folks cameras. 🙂 But miscellaneous body parts aside, I had a great time with my fellow Flingers and am already anticipating next year’s trip to Austin, Texas.
Above photo taken at the garden of Barbara Katz, Landscape Designer, owner of London Landscape LLC
One of my favorite parts of my four day trip was capturing photo after photo of creative garden containers. Sometimes, I think it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out which plants look good together and will stay looking good together throughout the growing season. So, here’s a tour of garden containers created by those who know how to do it well. Many of the dazzling containers I saw were packed with colorful flowers, but others were monochromatic designs that focused more on plant texture or even just the simple beauty of a single plant. I thought all of them were stunning. Below each photo I’ve noted either the garden I viewed it in and/or the garden designer, unless the gardener asked to remain private.
I encourage you to take the tour slowly and allow each container to be an inspiration to your own designs….
Peg Bier, Plant Expert
Scott Brinitzer, Landscape Designer, owner of Scott Brinitzer Design Associates
Scott Brinitzer, a close-up of the previous container.
Brookside Gardens, Maryland
Debbie Friedman, Landscape Designer, owner of Bethesda Garden Design
(Note: A special thank you goes to Helen Battersby, her eye-for-photo-detail, composition, and straightened chairs! 🙂 )
Linda Hostetler, Garden Designer
Jeff Minnich, Garden Designer, owner of Jeff Minnich Garden Design, Inc.
Meadowlark Gardens, Virginia
US Botanic Gardens, National Mall
FYI — That’s a full size tree in the above container! It’s the largest container I’ve ever seen!
Summer’s only half over and it’s not too late to put together a new container or spruce up one that seems to be waning. I hope a few of these dazzling containers provided a bit of inspiration for your own container creations. I know it did for me. I’ll be back later this week with a photos of the containers I recently put together and my favorite way to keep my containers healthy all season long.
Happy garden dreams,