Category Archives: Containers

Garden Design Details: Container Planting

For me, it’s the end of container season.  I only plant them for a few clients. Planter design is not a core service of my landscape design practice because I find them to take as much time to prepare for … Read more

LABELS: Containers, Garden Design, Garden Design Details, Gardens, Landscape Design 3 Comments

Garden Trends in the Mall

Mall stores like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have made major investments in outdoor furniture and accessories, so I went to the mall to see what was new. Catalogs just don’t do it for me, I can’t … Read more

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A pair of orange planters…

Ever since Tangerine Tango was named 2012 color of the year, orange is just everywhere.  I figure it’s okay to add to that conversation…from a retro perspective.  Aren’t these fiberglass Danish 60s planters cool? Alas, they’re in London.  They’re at Sigmar … Read more

LABELS: color, Containers, Gardens, vintage Leave a comment

Tuesday’s Find…Modernist planters

Modernist and geometric elements for the garden can be so clean lined that they lack visual power beyond their form.  This beautiful set of highly detailed planters found at Gordon Watson Ltd goes against that idea.  Made of  perspex, bronze … Read more

LABELS: Antiques, Containers, Design, Garden Styles, Gardens 1 Comment

In my Reader…Planterworx

Brooklyn based Planterworx fabricates steel planters and features for landscapes.  A friend sent me a photo via a Tweet from the New York Gift Show earlier in the week.  When they deviate from the ‘box’ planters, their work is interesting … Read more

LABELS: Containers, earthworks, Ironwork, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories, sculpture 1 Comment

Holiday Hayracks

I usually do something far more simple for holiday decoration for the hayracks that hang on the front of my studio.  This year, however, the cocoa fiber liners were really nasty and needed to be removed.  So I was faced … Read more

LABELS: celebrations, Containers, Garden Styles, Planting Design 7 Comments

Ikea Hack or what to do with leftovers…

My goal at the end of each container planting season is to end up with no leftovers.  This year I was left with one plant.  A beautiful Rex begonia.  It has been sitting in my container garden (I did buy … Read more

LABELS: Containers, Garden Styles 4 Comments


Maybe it was the high color of autumn sun kissed and back lit.  Or maybe it’s a reaction to all the hype black plants have been getting lately. Or maybe I was already thinking about it subliminally since I snapped  … Read more

LABELS: color, Containers, Creative Process, inspiration 3 Comments

Portland | Contained

While standing in the gardens at Sakura Ridge last week, Vanessa Nagel, asked me if I could Twitter one thing about my Portland experience, what would it be?  Not needing any thought, I replied, “The diversity of  ideas.”  I think … Read more

LABELS: Containers, garden visits, inspiration, Oregon 6 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 10, Mud & Mayhem

Here’s some photos from today. Furniture and pots arrived. Irrigation and lighting was installed. Today was complicated by too many people in too small a space and downpours. The plywood & tarps are protecting one of our walksIt’s the only … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Garden Design, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 8, Mud & Annuals

I will try and post short bits until we’re done–hopefully on Friday. No progress pix today since nothing’s really changed since the last ones. We delivered as many annuals for the containers as my pickup would hold. The staging areas … Read more

LABELS: annuals, Containers, Designer Showhouses, plants, Sheep's Run, VNA of Central NJ 2 Comments

Showhouse Season V, Issue 3, Early Decisions

As I said in Issue 2, this is going to be a formal garden. The garden’s official name for the showhouse journal and website is ‘A Formal Invitation’. The ‘invitations’ are implied the the garden’s design. Its layout allows views … Read more

LABELS: craftsmanship, Designer Showhouses, formal gardens, Rumson NJ, Sheep's Run, terra cotta pots. seibert_rice, VNA of Central NJ 3 Comments