OK, I admit that I do have some pots that are filled with plants. But unlike most of you, I limit my pots to one kind of plant. I love designing plant combinations in the ground, but I prefer a group of pots highlighting one plant each to making combos in each pot. The group below includes my test Dahlia grown in a pot as a way of avoiding total commitment.
I dug out a clump of Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' which was hanging over the first stepping stone after you cross the stream. I thought it was a mite dangerous to have that stone even partly obscured. I have a home in mind for the grass but I know I won't get to planting it for a while, so a pot seemed like a good place to put it temporarily.
This is the only true combination planting I've done this year: A Korean maple that needs a new home, Pelargonium 'Bird Dancer' and an unknown Heuchera.
The pot is sitting at the corner of one of the stone walls in the front garden and I've had a heck of a time photographing it. But it seems to me that it should be shown in the spot where it really lives rather than moving it to find a more simple background.
I do like something special by the front door since it's also adjacent to the new steps up into the front garden. And I especially like something in that location when we're getting ready for a big garden tour — as we are this week.
Another 'Bird Dancer' Geranium and 'Sweet Tea' Heucherella needed something else to tie them together and scale them to their location: a nice dark Hibiscus.
Though my pots are quite low key, I counted ten of them spread around the garden. That's a respectable enough number that I don't need to feel like I am shirking my duty as a contemporary gardener.