The Last of the Summer Pots

Begonias, Lantana and Coleus at The BarnsAfter Labor Day when the chrysanthemums and kale plants flood the markets, it’s time to take stock of summer plantings. These can provide inspiration for next year’s plantings. At The Barns, it was red, red, red with Begonias, Lantana, and Coleus.

New York City coleusWith the relatively cool weather this summer, New York was aglow with the many shades of Coleus. In these window boxes the Coleus is complimented by a dark Impomea.

Coleus on 70th StreetColeus, Caladium and IvyCaladiums, Coleus and Ivy decorate the city’s streets.

Morning glory planters In the village of Salisbury CT, a pair of these towering morning glories welcome shoppers to the grocery store. Sprays of Verbena bonariensis,

Village purples  Coleus, petunias and purple verbenaLarge pots such as this line the sidewalks. I particularly love these with the dusty miller, distinctive striped petunia, coleus, foxtail grass and Bacopa.

Matching wall basketsWall hangings change the look just slightly with white Angelona, sweet alyssum, dark Impomea, and Bacopa, What a lucky village!!

Pumpkin coleus, zinnias, and oxalisI love the color scheme in this planter but not its design. The gorgeous soft orange Coleus, almost matching zinnias, tall dark New Zealand Flax, and Oxalis at the bottom make an arresting combination.

Bunny Williams' Stone UrnAt Bunny Williams’ garden, this stately urn is full of textural plants in many shades of green, providing a cool respite on the garden path.

Barrel of fushiaIn Memphis, this barrel planter in its iron holder is filled with Begonias and Fuschias.

Bacopa and BegoniaMore Begonias in beautiful shades with Bacopa trail over a magnificent green pot, one of a pair, on a porch in East Hampton. What were your pots like this year?


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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