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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 25, 2012 12:01 PM CST

I would love to see what plants you use to put together Fall containers

I usually just get some mums or I gather stems of colorful leaves and place them in containers by my doorway.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 30, 2012 3:05 AM CST
Funny you started this thread.
I also usually get mums and have started to look for them in garden centers even tho my front door containers arent droopy.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 30, 2012 8:04 AM CST

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Great topic Marilyn.
I'm going to try some of the small growing roses that bloom until killing frost.
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Cinta
Aug 30, 2012 10:04 AM CST
I use Succulents and Semps they are all season. Spring I have the flowers and Fall and Winter the leaf colors change. If I want to make them festive for Christmas I add a red bow. Sometimes a battery operated lights.

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When you plan for container, do not forget to look for items that can add to the display other than the plants. So pay attention to interesting pots and pot stands. In this stand I add some ivy that is evergreen all winter or semps with trailing evergreen succulents.

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Wreaths are especially good for the holidays. I start them early in the summer so they are ready to hang for the winter.
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As you see my cat is my director. He gives his opinion when I have done good or bad.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 30, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Cinta those are wonderful I wish I had winterhardy succulents and cacti.
What is the container with the handle?It looks like a handmade ceramic pot.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 30, 2012 10:35 AM CST


Love your various containers

I have a number of the semps but none have grown enough to make a decent looking container for my fall display.

Maybe next year Smiling

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Cinta
Aug 30, 2012 11:07 AM CST
Jo Ann you mean the first one? It is cut out of a log I picked it up for 1.00 at the thrift store. Someone was very artistic. Hilarious!

Marilyn they grow fast. Soon you will have a lot. I lost a lot of mine when I moved so I am building my collection again or I would offer you some I had so many I was shipping them to people by the box load just 3 years ago. Then I moved and did not have a good handle on the best planting spot and I killed the ones I moved. I missed the gutter spout close by and moisture means death. You always lose when you move.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 30, 2012 11:32 AM CST

Uh oh .. I am hoping to move some out of single containers into a single display container next year.



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Cinta
Aug 30, 2012 11:45 AM CST
Marilyn, When I want a lot of increase fast I have better success growing them in a good rock garden with plenty of sun. I did not have good results growing for increase in pots.

I try to duplicate the plants natural growing habits and growing outside in my rock gardens made them grow real fast for me.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 30, 2012 11:55 AM CST

Thanks Cinda,

I now have a small rock garden and due to the heat here this summer, nothing is growing very well.

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Will keep working on it.

Thanks for your suggestions

Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 30, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Cinta: thats it.I thought I saw a shiny surface.
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Cinta
Aug 30, 2012 7:35 PM CST
Marilyn that is going to be very nice, I like the way you built it up.

Jo Ann maybe it looks shiny because of water, But they hauled out the pot and cut the handle and sanded smooth. I can tell it took some time to make.

I love finding pots I can leave outside in the winter.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 30, 2012 8:53 PM CST

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Cinta, great containers and advice.
I agree with Cinta, next year you will have an abundance of semps.

Marilyn that raised rock garden is wonderful, next year it will be filled to the brim with chicks running every where. Whistling
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Cinta
Aug 30, 2012 10:01 PM CST
Marilyn, is that a cactus in the back of your rock garden?
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 31, 2012 3:14 AM CST
Cinta: I leave pots out all winter,no room in the garage.The 2 ceramic ones are on a sheltered porch and dont get filled with snow.
It's a really nice container for those semps.
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Cinta
Aug 31, 2012 6:54 AM CST
Jo Ann that is one thing I miss is my porch. My new house does not have a porch so everything goes in the garage or the laundry room. I have so many pots it takes me a week to bring them all in. Rolling on the floor laughing I am getting old I drag a couple in and it takes me a day to recoup to carry in a few more.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Aug 31, 2012 7:01 AM CST
Cinta: You work the way I do.I have a talent for "planning" and I have a moratorium on containers.Believe me every new plant purchase is well thought out and planted so I dont need to dig it up twice and move it.
Family laughs at my plastic ware markers system and maps( all done in pencil) but it saves me from putting a perennial on top of or too close to a lily or daffodil.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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CDsSister
Aug 31, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Cinta,

That is a Sedum (Sedum lineare) which looks like a green coral to me.

This is not a good picture, I will try to get a better one if you are interested

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Jo Ann , I don't know how I am going to overwinter all my plants

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I will put them all on the patio. You cannot see it well but I have a 2 planter stands full of sempervivum containers.
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I have purchased a small green house and anything not winter hardy that I want to try to keep will go into it


Last Winter snow storm in October before I developed the sempervivum syndrome Rolling on the floor laughing
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We will just have to wait and see how they do over winter but ..... I am enjoying them now



Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Aug 31, 2012 11:07 AM CST
Lovely spot.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Aug 31, 2012 11:29 AM CST

Thanks Jo Ann

I have limited space at my town house but I try to make the most of it.

I don't know what I would do with a large yard to take care of ... I just admire what all of you have done

Thanks for sharing with me your plantings and plans. I want to try some bulbs in the small strip I have

outside of the entrance area for spring. It is filled with primarily ajuga right now.

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