Containers forum: My big giant container, AKA Table Garden

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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 24, 2013 11:56 PM CST
OK folks, here it is, such as it is and always subject to change:

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No more getting down on my knees to weed here! There are at least thirty species and cultivars of succulents, alpines and my "backbone" plants stuffed on this.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 25, 2013 12:56 AM CST
I love it, Connie! Will make care of your beautiful table garden so much easier. Enjoy! Hurray!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 25, 2013 8:18 PM CST
I agree

It can always be made a bit deeper around the sides if necessary.

Beautiful miniature landscape in a raised container! Smiling
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 26, 2013 10:21 AM CST
Completely awesome!!!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Nov 26, 2013 11:38 AM CST
Connie,Great job.Cant wait to see it fill in.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 26, 2013 11:40 AM CST
DavidofDeLand said: ....It can always be made a bit deeper around the sides if necessary ...


I agree with the good advice of David.

Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 26, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Thanks all! Regarding the shallower edge areas, I think it will be ok as is. This is where I plant sempervivums and some sedums that don't require much depth. Along the front and back edges you can see I placed 1 x 2" strips and along the short sides some rocks I scavenged from around the yard. I will remove all those in the spring; there should be enough roots established to keep the soil from washing away. I'm also looking forward to the wood taking on a more "seasoned" look over the next year or so.

I specifically shopped for some plants that would give good fall-into-winter color:

Blooming on the table now, Nov. 26: Erica darleyensis:




Photo taken a week or so ago, Calluna 'Warwick Flame':

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 26, 2013 2:24 PM CST
Nice colorful plants! Is that a variegated type euphorbia next to the Calluna? I've been looking for the more ground-covering type euphorbia and out here I find mostly the shrub-type euphorbias...
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 26, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Yes, Bev, it is a variegated euphorbia but I lost or misplaced the ID. I have two other euphorbias on the table, 'Blue Haze' and 'Ruby Glow'.
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 26, 2013 2:34 PM CST
Great plants! I'll be researching those! Smiling
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Nov 26, 2013 3:06 PM CST
The other "backbone" plants along the center high section are Premna microphylla, Rhododendron Hino-Crimson (an azalea), and I also have a low growing deciduous stonecrop Hylotelephium spectabile 'Crystal Pink'. I'm really looking forward to how this all looks next year!
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 26, 2013 3:07 PM CST
I should add that when my son saw this table he advised that all I need now is a model train track around it Whistling .
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 26, 2013 3:53 PM CST
Yes!!!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 26, 2013 6:37 PM CST
Just shake that idea out of your head. Don't do it, Connie!!!
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 26, 2013 6:57 PM CST
NEWS FLASH!
"Mud slide train wreck in Oregon!"

Gomez Adams comes to mind! Hilarious!

All in fun now! A gardener has to have a since of humor and When those roots get set you will not have to worry about mudslides Connie, and I love your project! Thumbs up
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 26, 2013 7:34 PM CST
No, no trains allowed! Fortunately there are no electrical outlets nearby!

For plants near the edge the roots should become "air pruned" and plant growth controlled by that. I really wouldn't want things to grow too fast on the table!

Gomez Adams was hilarious. I sure miss those simple funny shows!

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 26, 2013 10:05 PM CST

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Wow, Connie it is wonderful. And I love the interest the rocks add to the scene.

Is that Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'? Love that one.
You used such a wonderful mix of plants for year round interest. Hurray!
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Nov 27, 2013 1:57 PM CST
I really don't know which euphorbia that is, Lynn. I must have been in a real hurry when I planted it because I don't see it documented on my map nor my list of plants. I must have bee distracted! I may have picked it up off Garland's discount table which is where plants land if they have been in a pot too long or the label is lost. I always check that area out every time I go!

This is a good time of year to shop for heathers, you can see what is blooming. Maybe next week I will do that.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 27, 2013 8:52 PM CST

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Can't wait to see what you find. Hurray!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Nov 28, 2013 3:29 AM CST
I have Ascot Rainbow on my wish list. It might be too big a plant for a shallow root garden.
http://www.gardencrossings.com/plantname/Euphorbia-Ascot-Rai...

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