First impressions are important—we all know that! When we meet someone new, when we walk up to the front door of someone’s home or business for the first time we have an initial response to the experience. Our speaker for our first meeting of the new gardening year on Tuesday, September 19 will be speaking to that ‘first impression’ in a round about way.
Shawna Anderson, nursery woman at Orchard Nursery in Lafayette, will speak on container plantings for our gardens, including our front porches and entrances. She will focus on arrangements to bring fall colors and plants into play.
I like to remind my clients what a professionally designed floral arrangement would cost, and then compare it with the cost of a lovely container planting for the front porch. The floral arrangement, if we’re lucky, will survive a week to 10 days. The front porch container planting should survive, looking great, for several months. And what a lovely way to greet guests: both first time visitors and old friends.
Not only can container plantings serve as greeters at our front doors, but they can be mini herb gardens, or they can take their place in the sun holding cherry tomato plants, or holding cascading strawberry plants, the latter two usually not making their way into the kitchen, but consumed on the spot.
I especially love planting containers with seasonal color—summer coleus, impatiens, million bells; fall ‘mums, blanket flowers, black-eyed Susans; winter cyclamen, primroses; spring violas, poppies—all easily changed when their ‘season’ is over. And the most carefree, low water use container planting of all is the container filled with dazzling, sturdy succulents—some on my front porch have lasted several years!
So I invite you to come to our September 19 meeting, 2pm, at the Albany Community Center to find out what inspiration Shawna Anderson will bring for container plantings.