After reading garden designer/blogger Deborah Silver's inspirational post on Fall Container plantings, I decided to take a closer look at this one that I have glanced at on neighborhood walks.
"A bit bright for my taste" was my first thought. "If they want to add some plastic palm fronds, why not?" was my second thought.
It was only on closer observation that I realized the blue fronds were ones that had died and been resurrected with spray paint. You can see how big this container planting is compared to me — and how perfectly it complements the neighboring house.