Back in March, I attended Macy’s annual Flower Show in Minneapolis. Bachman’s, a large local florist in Minnesota, put rooms full of flower displays together. It was hosted on the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s store.
Just inside the main room, on either side of the entrance were pots with various types of succulents in them, including hens and chicks. I love hens and chicks. They have been part of my garden for years, but in recent years have died out completely. (I prefer the species that stays short and stout rather than the leggy, trailing kind.)
Last year a friend was moving and sold me a couple of large pots she had on her deck. So when I saw the pots by Bachman’s, I was inspired to do something similar in these new containers. I also knew we’d have space to display them with the addition of a small deck that my husband built outside our back door last fall.
I’ve been on the hunt since May to select plants. During a day off for my birthday, I picked up aloe and a variety of cacti. Then I found one of my favorite anchor plants, sweet potato vine. (I use it every year somewhere in my pots. It adds great foliage color and I love the way it trails.) Lastly I found a new plant, cerveza ‘n lime (plectranthus). It has small velvety leaves (like lambs’ ear) and smells like lime when rubbed. Plunk in a jade plant and a small geranium I wintered over, and here’s the result:
What’s in your containers this year?