I've been a long-time reader of Fine Gardening Magazine. No matter what type of gardener you are, you will find something in each issue that will teach you something new and inspire you to try something different. The gorgeous photography alone is enough to make you want to immediately start digging in the dirt.
For several years now, the magazine has conducted a container garden contest in which a theme is presented and readers are encouraged to send in their entries. Last year's theme was "Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers", a perfect formula by the way, to keep in mind when designing any container. The June 2008 issue presents the winner and finalists in that contest and I was fortunate to have one of my containers featured as one of the top 10 finalists. My objective was to show that all it takes is a little pot (mine was about 8 inches in diameter and equally as tall) and a few plants to have a terrific looking little garden. In this pot are one of each of the following (clockwise from top of pot): Pink Angelonia (thriller); 'Profusion Orange' Zinnia (filler); Golden Creeping Jenny (spiller); Variegated Sage (filler). I found them all at my local nursery but I bet you anything your area big box store stocks these plants.
The theme for the 2008 Container Design Challenge is "Create a Water Garden in a Pot". Details for entry can be found in Fine Gardening magazine or online.
This week I'll begin my big shopping for my garden. Let's see how well I stick to my budget.
Bookshelf: Container Gardening Books