Fall Containers – National Arboretum

The National Arboretum

Fall is a great time to visit the National Arboretum.  The vistas are packed with colorful foliage that happens with the change of season.   Honestly, this place is probably my favorite visitor friendly destination in North American.  You can enjoy the National Arboretum solo, with a group, family, pets, ride a bike or go for a jog.

Sedum and Nasella
Sedum and Nasella

In my summer container blog I highlighted many containers at the arboretum.  Thought you might like to see how a couple of the containers looked following a hot summer. 

This planting of Sedum and Nasella does not disappoint.  The reflection in the window echoes this planting. 

Grass and Millet
Grass and Millet


The grassed and millet glowed with the sunrise and waved in the breeze.

Both these plantings are low maintenance and have long seasonal interest.

Garden Container Love

When I was a child my family sold terra cotta and ceramic containers from Mexico.   We did not have a retail store.  We would scout vacant lots on busy street corners park and sell our merchandise from the back of a truck.  The containers usually sold out by the afternoon.

This large Pennoyer Newman container is filled with tulips and violas.
Pennoyer Newman container filled with tulips and violas.

Winter is a good time to inventory garden containers.  During the winter I use this time to evaluate the containers that I have set in client gardens.  Containers complement the attitude of any garden.

Patapsco Valley Sales wherehouse.
Patapsco Valley Sales

Each one of my clients has a unique landscape attitude.  You can find containers for every attitude.   Client  landscape attitudes shift over time.  I am always looking to add a new garden container.  Hunting for new containers is exciting.  If I love the container sitting on a pallet I will buy it.

Do you love your containers?  Loved containers inspire seasonal plant selections.   If your container love has fizzled out it is time to move or modify your containers.  Best scenario is to add a new container to refresh your container love.

Large urn with bright foliage.
Large urn with bright foliage.

I am always scouting for containers.    Where I look depends on the garden attitude.  Good sources are nurseries, wholesalers, and consignment shops.

Some of the places where I have purchased containers:

  • Patapsco Valley Sales, Baltimore, MD – The inventory quality is fantastic.  Every container that I have purchased from Patapsco looks great.
  • Pennoyer Newman, New York, NY – These containers are tough, lightweight, look great, and can be left outdoors in cold climates.   My experience is with the following designs:  Garland Planter, Dutch Planter, French Florentine Round, The Modern Collection.
  • Southland Nursery, Vancouver BC – This nursery is an adventure.  The selection is amazing the team is happy to assist.