Coastal and Tropical South
Favorite or New Plant
Allamanda vine comes and goes in popularity, but I couldn't live without it. The first I saw -- and still the grandest -- grew from a huge stone pot up a pole and covered an entire wall lined with clothesline wire to support it. The beauty of those yellow trumpets is still with me, and growing this grand tropical vine takes me back. Hot, humid conditions, well-drained soil, and fertilizer with each flower flush make it happen.
Clever Gardening Technique
Cachepots add a fast dose of style to containers of all kinds, and they can be made from almost anything. Especially when your container garden has five different kinds of pots, caches can be a unifying design tool. Baskets can be short-lived as cachepots unless you protect their surfaces. A yard or two of oilcloth or a vinyl tablecloth makes an easy liner, and if you let just a bit of the "fabric" show over the edges, different baskets quickly become a group. Attach the "liner" on the outside of the pot with staples or glue covered/anchored with a wrap of colored tape where the fabric and basket meet. Best of all, cachepots keep surfaces neat, and as long as you wipe out the liner occasionally, they can be the simplest way to smarten up any group of pots.