Summer Containers – Washington, DC

The National Arboretum

Often I am asked for my container planting “recipe”.  Location is my first planting ingredient followed by the container.  The plants are the last added ingredient.  I like to let the location and container inspire the plant selection.  These photos from The National Arboretum capture location, container and plant selection.
Grass display gardens
Huge concrete containers are positioned throughout the grass and turf display gardens.  These containers are planted with grasses and millet.  Adding these simple planted containers gives the location visual layers.
Furcraea foetida ‘Medio Picta’
The foliage of Furcraea foetida ‘Medio Picta’ appears to glow when positioned in front of a black wall.  The common terra cotta is a great container choice for this plant and location.
Sedum and Nassella

This concrete perimeter wall extends the length of the walkway.  The wall has built-in containers that are planted with Sedum and Nassella.  This planting combination appears softens the look of the concrete and the Nassella billows in the slightest breeze.

Most of the time I think in terms of location, container, and then plants.  Sure there have been many times when I have purchased an unplanned container and a plant then spent a crazy amount of time scouting for the perfect location.  Not a problem there is always room for one more planted container.

Author: Tina Gibson

Simply, my business goal is to be an environmentally ethical designer, gardener and horticulturalist. My experience includes public and private gardens that I have worked with.