The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 14 Groupings of plants in pots

Foliage in plant pots

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The first thing is to secure good greenery. On each side three oblong Italian terra-cotta pots full of Funkia grandiflora stand on the lower level. They serve to hide the common flower-pots that are ranged behind. The picture shows how it looks a day or two after it is first arranged, early in June when the Clematis montana is still in bloom. Next above the ornamental pots are common ones, also with Funkia grandiflora. On the inner side of the groups, next the house, are pots of Aspidistra, and, against the wall, of Male Fern, and there are more Ferns and Funkias for filling spaces between the flowering plants. Of these the most important are Lilies�longiflorum, candidum and speciosum�and Hydrangeas, but we also have pots of Spanish Irises, of Gladiolus Colvillei The Bride, Campanula persicifolia and C. pyramidalis, of white and pink Phloxes and of white and pink Cup-and-saucer Canterbury Bells. The last are taken up from the ground and potted only just before they come into bloom. There are seldom more than two kinds of flowering plants placed here at a time; the two or three sorts of beautiful foliage are in themselves delightful to the eye; often there is nothing with them but Lilies, and one hardly desires to have more. There is an ample filling of the green plants, so that no pots are seen.