Container: Brown metal with flared top, embossed with acanthus leaves
Dimensions: 45 x 18 cm, 15 cm deep
Plants: 3 ‘Wizard Pastel' coleus, 2 red Million Bells (Calibrachoa), 1 leatherleaf sedge (Carex buchananii)
Notes: Sun to part shade. Calibrachoa was trimmed back every few weeks to let the box show through. Best in front of a light-coloured wall or window for contrast.
Container: Recycled section of tin ceiling with wooden plank bottom, painted glossy white
Dimensions: 45 x 15 cm, 15 cm deep
Plants: 1 blue fescue (Festuca glauca), 2 ‘Professor Henkel' fuchsia, 1 ‘Vancouver Centennial' geranium (Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial'), 1 crinkle-leafed rex begonia, 1 fancy-leafed zonal geranium (P. hybrid), 1 trailing red-leafed alternanthera
Notes: Sun to part shade. Informal container material suits a rustic cottage or garden shed.
Containers: Grey-green plastic with raised corners on bottom
Dimensions: 66 x 30 cm, 25 cm deep
Plants: (not all are visible in photo) ‘Purpurea' tradescantia (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea'), white lantana, blue nemesia, white nemesia, ‘Blue Wave' petunia, ivory Surfinia petunia, white multiflora petunia, ‘Mauve Delight' brachyscome (Brachyscome segmentosa ‘Mauve Delight'), ‘Limelight' licorice vine (Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight'), variegated licorice vine (H. p. ‘Variegatum'), ‘Wizard Jade' coleus, variegated English ivy, green English ivy, ‘Victoria Blue' mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue')
Notes: Morning shade/afternoon sun. These deep boxes line the front edge of a railingless front porch. They act as a barrier to prevent people from stepping off into the yew hedge below. To avoid a static, repeating pattern of plants, each box contains similar—but not identical—contents, and at least 10 to 12 plants.
Container: galvanized metal with raised polka dots on sides
Dimensions: 79 x 15 cm, 18 cm deep
Plants: 3 ‘Silver Dust' dusty millers (Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Dust'), 1 ‘Red Dragon' fleeceflower (Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon'), 1 echeveria, 1 purple-leafed trailing sedum (Sedum sieboldii cvs.), 3 pheasant aloe (Aloe variegata), 1 trailing red-leafed alternanthera
Notes: Part shade. Ideal for a window on a contemporary house or placed down the centre of a long, rectangular-glass outdoor dining table. Fleeceflower needs frequent trimming to keep it from overtaking its neighbours.