Containers forum: Stacking Planter 2013

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 8, 2013 12:37 PM CST
I've been planting in this stacking planter for a few years now. It sits in almost full sun in my driveway. This year I used a lot of things that were already growing in my garden or had been overwintered inside.

On the top are 3 Cordyline, the only thing I added new this year, I planted a few golden teardrop sedum around the ase of them that should train downward.

The next layer has some Senecio Blue Chalk Fingers and some Dichondra "Silver Falls".

Below that are some Anginlina sedum.

Next are some Sedum takesimense that should train down a little and have yellow flowers later in the season.

On the bottom are some purple heart plants.

I have no idea how it's going to turn out, but it should be fun to watch.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
May 8, 2013 2:42 PM CST
Wow, Susan, on my screen photo of you planter looks like a huge one! Opportunity to go bigger in scale and more plants to use, Yay! Thumbs up Definitely a must see to check on later and see how it matures.
Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 9, 2013 6:21 AM CST
It is big. It's one of the Nancy Jane planters. I was worring about the wind blowing it over, so have never used the bottom layer and sat it in a 24" round tote that's have filled with gravel. Then I put a piece of rebar down the center to hold everything together. I also have a smaller top level that makes it too tall for me to water, so have never used it either. Each planting area is about 11" tall and 11" X11". Not sure if this size is still being sold. Most of them seem smaller. So far, I've never been real satisfied with the results. First year I planted zinnias and lantana, the second year coleus and petunias and last year salvia. Here's a shot from last year. I'm hoping this year with more trailing plants, the plants will cover more of the planter.

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This shot is from 2010. The lantana did well but the zinnias didn't look very good.

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
May 9, 2013 12:17 PM CST
stilldew said:It is big. I'm hoping this year with more trailing plants, the plants will cover more of the planter.
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This shot is from 2010. The lantana did well but the zinnias didn't look very good.
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Both earlier planter pics look quite nice; I think the planter would have been covered more if you had just added smaller or med size trailing type plants, not necessarily vines, to each pocket that was planted with an upright plant.
With a trailing or vine plant added, you could trim one part to be bushier on top but leave the other part of same plant to grow downward and partly help cover your pot. So your pruning of that plant would only be partial so as to shape the plant the direction you want it to go (half semi-bushy, half trailing).
Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 9, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Makes sense. Will be interesting to see what happens this year.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 9, 2013 3:47 PM CST

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Very nice Susan.
I can picture what Bev is saying, I think it would work beautifully for this type planter.
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purpleinopp
May 10, 2013 6:15 AM CST
That is really cool! You have a lot of various and good ideas. I think all 3 versions look super!
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