Anatomy of a Pot

IMG_0203I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING AS MUCH WITH CONTAINERS this season, as I’m getting enough satisfaction from how my perennial beds are coming along in this, their second year. But sometimes I can’t resist potting up a few things for my front deck.

Pots allow you to fit many different shapes and textures into a small space, and when I see something unusual, like the ruffly upright Prince Rupert Geranium (lemon-scented!) at one of the area nurseries I’ve been avoiding this year, for fear of overspending on non-essentials, sometimes I just have to go for it.

In this one 15″ diameter pot, below, are:

  • Scented geranium ‘Prince Rupert,’ aromatic and ornamental. The label says it can be trained as a standard. Deer-resistant (though they wouldn’t dare come up on my decks… or would they?)
  • ‘Glennis’ coleus, more delicately colored than some of the more common coleus. Though I do love coleus in all its forms, and the deer don’t.
  • Good old sweet potato vine, ‘Bright Ideas Lime’
  • Juncus inflexus ‘Blue Arrows.’ As the name implies, an upright, blue, ornamental rush.
  • There’s also an elephant ear bulb in the middle, planted two months ago, starting to push its way up through the soil.


Yay for containers! That’s all.

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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3 Responses to Anatomy of a Pot

  1. Nancy says:

    Lovely! You definitely have the touch!

  2. Mary-Liz Campbell says:

    You need to spray your potato vine as something (the potato beetle) is eating the leaves. Lovely container – love the juncus.

  3. Terry says:

    There are some great container recipes around. Thanks for posting yours.

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