Heuchera Shade Planter With Lobelia

Decorative Ideas for Creating a Summer Container Garden

Planting a container garden doesn’t have to be limited to only those with small spaces. Of course, using containers is a great way to create a garden where there isn’t one. Balconies, decks, patios, and even fire escapes and windowsills can have a fulfilling space to toil in the soil. A container garden can also be a garden feature, front door decor, or a way to full in space when there is a lag in the blooming schedule.Container garden inspiration gallery for sun shade hanging baskets and more

Today, we will tour the containers that I have set around my garden as part of the Simplified Summer Tour with some of my favorite home and garden bloggers. If you are looking for ways to add some simply beauty into the days as they get longer, you have come to the right place. Get ready to tour some ideas that will get you inspired to enjoy the season to come.

Hanging Baskets

The decorative hanging baskets that I created with the “clock-face planting method” are growing in nicely. You can see how to easily use this method to plant a container over on my eBay Blog: Clock Face Planting For Simple Hanging Basket Design.

Hanging Baskets in late spring

Also, don’t forget to care for your hanging baskets so they thrive all season long: Grow the Biggest, Brightest Hanging Baskets on the Block.

Front Door Welcome

This planter is made just for my shady front porch area. Blue lobelia, lime green sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatasand creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), and an orange tuberous begonia (Begonia bertinii) make up a cheery planter that will be low maintenance all season.

shade planter combination for front door entry

Annual Update

Last fall I created some perennial planters for my front entry way which is also shady. The perennials did so well that I divided them up this spring and planted the larger ones in the garden. I transplanted the colorful heucheras back into the pots and added some annuals to cascade over the edges. This new color scheme of deep purple, orange, lime, and blue is a fresh combination that inspired me this year. And I love that it took only 10 minutes to transform these planters!Heuchera shade planter with lobeliaHeuchera shade planter recipe

Outdoor Artwork

I created this living artwork for my book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, and they overwinter very well. I simply keep them out of the elements for the cold months then prune back and divide the succulents in the spring. succulent wall art frame DIY from Garden Made

For the Birds

Each year move all of my succulent planters to a covered outdoor area in the winter. As spring approaches, I set them back out in the garden and let the plants come back to life. This succulent birdcage planter from last year is growing back in very well. When the last day of frost has passed then I’ll add in a few decorative, tender succulents like Echeveria or Aeonium in addition to the Sedum and Sempervivum that overwintered.Make this! Birdcage Succulent Planter

Succulents in the Sun

I like modern succulents in traditional terracotta throughout the garden. They can fill in spaces and add a pop of interest when there are young plants or a lack of blooms in a certain area.Succulent bowl planter with wood featuresucculent plantersI also like using unique containers for succulents like this metal kettle planter that sits at the tree stump table and stools.tea kettle succulent planter

Right in the Middle

The centerpiece of the lawn is a huge stone-gray planter that contains a Japanese Maple “Bloodgood”. The soil around the tree is filled with alpine strawberries that can handle a bit of shade as well as a brand new Calibrachoa hybrid for 2016 from Proven WinnersSuperbells “Holy Moly!”.Japanese Maple Planter

Berry-licious

This year I have just added three self-watering containers from Lowe’s Canada that contain Monrovia’s BrazelBerries, container variety berries for small space gardening. As the deck gets full, hot summer sun, I thought it would be a great place to add some snacks. The Raspberry Shortcake Dwarf Thornless Raspberry has an endearing, rounded shape, and requires no staking making it perfect for a container. Both the Peach Sorbet Blueberry and the Jellybean Blueberry are compact and decorative as well. Each will produce a bumper crop of large, sweetly delicious berries this summer as can be seen by all the berries that have formed already.Brazelberries in self watering containers

Sun Lover

For a bare but sunny spots in the garden, I created a highly decorative container garden that can not only take the sun, but also stand out in harsh light. This planter contains an annual dahlia in vibrant fuchsia, along with a brownish sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), white Bacopa, and, purple Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima syn. Alyssum maritimum).Sun loving planter combination

These planters don’t take a lot of maintenance throughout the season, but they look gorgeous and add a little extra pizzazz to the garden. For me, container gardening gives a lot of bang for my buck and that simply makes me happy. Be sure to visit the rest of the Summer Simplified Tour and see more tips tip or tip or two on how to easily and simply enjoy summer outside. summer simplified graphic

Day 1
Driven By Decor
Empress of Dirt
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Day 2
StoneGable
Duke Manor Farm
Savvy Southern Style
Southern Hospitality
Shabbyfufu

Day 3
In My Own Style
The Wood Grain Cottage
Maison de Pax
Love of Home
Setting For Four
My Soulful Home

Day 4

Debbiedoo’s
Craftberry Bush
At The Picket Fence
On Sutton Place

 

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Kim
    KimJune 1,16

    You have some beautiful containers and now I think I’m going to add some succulents to my yard.

  2. Melissa
    MelissaJune 1,16

    What a gorgeous sampling of containers. I love the potted Japanese maple. I’ll be interested to hear how the new berry bushes do. There’s so many excellent varieties available these days.

  3. Kris {Driven by Decor}
    Kris {Driven by Decor}June 1,16

    Stephanie, you have a such a gift – I love all of your container arrangements! It was so helpful to see the ones that you made for sun vs shade – I have a shady spot where I always struggle with what to plant. :)

  4. Yvonne @ StoneGable
    Yvonne @ StoneGableJune 1,16

    I am addicted to your site! Everything you touch is made more beautiful!!!!! I have learned so much from you. I love to think that I am a gardener, but I mostly love the idea of it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge warmth and beauty!

  5. Ann
    AnnJune 2,16

    Oh I adore the berry garden in the containers…so smart! What a wonderful idea. I’m definitely putting it on my “next year” list.

  6. laura janning
    laura janningJune 2,16

    i absolutely love that garden art. I love container gardening but have more luck when things are in the ground. Happy summer, thanks for sharing your tips.

  7. Carla
    CarlaJune 3,16

    Is this your first year for the brazelberries? It’s my first year and I was wondering if I would get berries this year.

  8. susan
    susanJune 4,16

    I love all your containers! So many great ideas!

  9. kelly wilkniss
    kelly wilknissJune 4,16

    All so beautiful Stephanie! Especially love the kettle container!

  10. Rachel Paxton
    Rachel PaxtonJune 4,16

    So many great ideas!

  11. Julie
    JulieJune 6,16

    Wow, everything you have created is just stunning! I love the succulent art piece, and your pots are so gorgeous!

  12. Heather
    HeatherJune 7,16

    Thank you for sharing all of your container ideas! You’ve inspired me to get a few of those self watering containers and create a little berry garden on our deck!

  13. Patty
    PattyJune 10,16

    I love the succulent birdcage, actually, I love everything but the birdcage is my favorite. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  14. Emily
    EmilyJune 10,16

    All of your containers are stunning! I can’t pick a favorite; I love them all for different reasons. Container gardening has always been a favorite of mine; you’ve given me a bunch of new ideas and plants to look for. Thanks for sharing with Merry Monday!

  15. sahana
    sahanaJune 13,16

    Love your container garden ideas.Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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