Summer Containers – Austin, TX

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

My professional and leisure time is plant focused.  Visiting public gardens is an essential exercise that tunes my plant skills.   In June I had the opportunity to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.   The day of my visit the daytime temperature was forecasted to reach 105 F.  Exciting!

It was an adventure studying the gardens at the Wildflower Center.  Each garden design complemented the natural landscape and generously motivated me.   That motivation inspires me when I create client containers.

Salvia greggii, Dalea greggii
Salvia greggii, Dalea greggii

Here is a sample of some of the containers on display at the Wildflower Center.  When you arrive this large terra cotta box container sits near the admission kiosk.  The Salvia greggi is lush and the Dalea greggii gracefully overflows.

Illex vomitoria 'Pendula'
Illex vomitoria ‘Pendula’

Sitting in the courtyard is a large terra cotta container planted with Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’.  This weeping specimen is large and showy.   Wow!  Look how this simple container planting complements the courtyard.

In the Theme Gardens galvanized containers are used to display a variety of plants.  This water garden was surrounded by smaller containers this display was a visual feast of plant variety.

Theme Garden galvanized containers
Theme Garden galvanized containers

The container you place your plants in matters.  Plant in a container you love.  Each container at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center accessorized the garden space.

ARS LongReach™ Loppers, 1.7-inch Cutting Capacity

ARS LongReach™ Loppers
ARS LongReach™ Loppers, 1.7-inch Cutting Capacity

Pruning and training shrubs and trees is a big part of what I do to restore and maintain gardens.  Most of the time I work in lush plant filled garden locations.  Some gardens are on slopes, rocky terrain, or areas that are best accessed on foot due to the location layout.  My tools need to be light weight to allow me to move and work carefully.

This year I added the ARS LongReach™ Lopper to my work tools.   This lopper is a jewel.  Light weight, easy to use, carry, and is sturdy.  When doing scheduled espalier training and routine shrub and tree maintenance this tool reduced the need to get, set up, and remove a ladder. The lopper easily slides into the interior of shrubs and trees to prune out dead or crowded branches.

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