When I conceived of this autumn planter series, I had a couple challenges in my mind. I wanted to use as few mums as possible (because I am tired of them!), I wanted to explore different materials and I wanted to be inspired by colors that aren’t so stereotypically ‘autumn’ – and I just wanted to be creative.
This planter, while totally simple, steps the farthest away from ‘typically fall’, but it is perhaps my favorite so far. Heather carries with it a nostalgia for a trip I made about 15 years ago to Yorkshire, England – a sweeping landscape that I instantly loved. This container recalls the wild blustery nature of that place.
The birch and the while calluna (heather) seem reminsicent of a winter holiday, but the lemongrass brings to mind a delicious martini that I like to make with coconut rum. It is everything summer and this contradiction is making me smile.
I started the lemongrass from seeds early this spring – a spring experiment that will continue as I want to try and over winter these plants inside. Has anyone tried this? I am curious to know if I should prune it back, or let it continue as it is.
If you want to try and create a similar container, I suggest substituting the lemon grass for reeds or any other large garden grass. You don’t need the actual plant as I have, just clippings will last for at least a week or two – maybe more – jam them directly into the soil.
What do you think – does white work for the fall garden? It is un-expected and subdued compared to the fiery colors that dominate the season, but I like it. I feel like it is a nice segue to the quiet of winter.
- Calluna vulgaris
- Cymbopogon (Lemongrass)
- Sheet moss
- Birch Branches
- Brown Terracotta from personal collection (but originally purchased at Lowes)
images by rochelle greayer