It seems to be the time of year when many of the bloggers I follow are all assessing their container gardens. Some have pots by the door, on the deck, window boxes or a bit of everything. Sometimes a lot of everything. My pots probably look sad by comparison. But I don't want the distraction of bright color in the foreground taking attention away from the view.
That means any deck pots have to be subdued, both the containers themselves and the contents. The best way for me to get the effect I want is with foliage. The deck is currently home to a pair of Hostas as well as Acers, Orchids summering outdoors, Heucheras with burgundy foliage and two tiny evergreens waiting to be permanently planted.
The Japanese maples are Acer palmatum 'Mikawa Yatsubusa'. They are nine years old and should be 3-4 feet tall and a bit wider at ten years old. Clearly they were unhappy where they were growing, so I decided to turn them into pot plants. I am going to overwinter them in the garage to see if they fare better under these circumstances.
On the left below is Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cumulus' which will become a cloud of blue foliage about one foot high in ten years! Its neighbor is Thuja occidentals 'Rheingold' which will get to be 3-5 feet high and wide in ten years. I bought these little guys locally at Bruce Company for $12 each. They were in a section of the nursery devoted to plants that could be used for bonsai or for fairly gardens. I'm not interested in either of those garden genres but they were a great price for shrubs. Now I just have to wait ten years!