I'm kicking around planting ideas as I'm rebuilding my semp collection in my retirement.
The intent of this thread is to chronicle one specific planter project for semps that I've started work on. After visiting an antiquing collaborative in the old industrial city of Worcester (natively pronounced as Worsta, or Wusta), about 1 hour drive from Boston, I had an idea of using old wooden crates as a theme aesthetic.
On my latest visit I found this unique machine tool crate, over 3 feet long, very heavy duty, and with a hinged lid which I imagine taken off to create side-by-side planter configuration.
Today was above freezing, although ground still frozen except for top 1/2" layer of mushy mud, I thought I'd get outside and start cleaning my future planter. On the outside it's filthy, caked in an oily dirt layer, the inside is relatively clean. I did a test on the left side of the lid, the oily dirt easily sands off, so I will power sand the entire outside of the crate.
Side view, heavy duty handle each side will allow me to move my planter around (as a 2-person job).
Side view with the box-lid opened up, there are a pair of hinges.
Looking inside the open crate and box-lid
I unscrewed the lid, leaving the hinges on the crate portion (adds character). This will be the tiered position on my two side-by-side planters, the box-lid (3"deep) will be in front of the crate portion (7" deep).
I can already imagine this planter arranged in the landscape someplace, filled with semps on order for April delivery. Inside dimensions are 3' long x 9" wide for each, so total planting area is 3' x 18". I do realize that space will hold only a small portion of what I have on order.
Still more details of course, drilling drainage holes, installing side handles on the box-lid portion, finding just the right area to place it and other planters (which will require leveling with cut-and-fill excavation, most of my property is sloped).
Many of the first 80 semps I have on order are new to me; when I get closer to planting time, I'll look for your suggestions regarding semp cultivar growth and spread, I hope to avoid planting overly vigorous ones like 'More Honey'.