Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Spooky Stuff

One of the things I love most about America is the way folks celebrate (anything) in style! Halloween may not be my favorite holiday but I have to smile at the full blown house decorating that seems to start in early October.

Thanks to Diane of Issaquah for letting me share her porch with you.


I was recently asked by a client to replant her container gardens for the fall/winter season. Normally a straightforward task, I found myself navigating pumpkins, gravestones, spiders and spooky cats – and that was just to reach the porch! The obstacle course was worth it however just to see how well the summer plants had grown in and how perfectly they added to the Halloween drama.

'Bonfire' begonia, 'Henna' coleus and heuchera 'Caramel'
The annual ‘Bonfire’ begonia draped over the edge of one container like flickering tongues of fire while the ‘Henna’ Coleus proved to be the perfect partner for heuchera ‘Caramel’; both sharing shades of raspberry and copper. The serrated Coleus leaves look suitably teeth like when fronted by a wickedly grinning black cat.

There are actually two containers hidden underneath this volcanic like eruption (I’m not known for my minimalistic design). Other plants include the box honeysuckle ‘Lemon Beauty’ (Lonicera nitida), fuchsia ‘Autumnale’ (gorgeous tinted foliage) and orange hair sedge (Carex testacea) all in association with a stately Yew tree.

It almost looks planned…..

1 comment:

  1. Love the serrated Coleus leaves... purrfect with the cat sculpture!

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