Garden Diary - July 2010

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Frenchtown Inn Planters
Friday, 23 July 2010

Summer planters. By now they are brimming over with geraniums, trailing veils of petunias and fancy leaved sweet potatoes, fancy coleus, and more. Provided they have been supplied with adequate water in these dry summer weeks the heat has coaxed them into lush growth. But perhaps we're in the mood for something different.

How about this -

The Frenchtown Inn is on Bridge Street, just before the bridge over
the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. This summer streetside planters
are filled with a diversity of succulents, varied in color and leaf shape.


Smooth and spiky saw-toothed edges, gray-green
and silver gray, fat orange jelly bean leaves.

Silver gray to match the rounded finials,
stacked white edged penny-like leaves

Purple-black leaves of Aeonium arboreum var atropurpureum 'Schwartzkopf'
I think these plants are in separate pots plunged in gravel, the planters then
appear to be mulched with gravel for an attractive, uniform appearance.

A pair of urns by the front entry continue the theme, each planted with
a spiky agave. Keep in mind these are not hardy in cold winters, here
in New Jersey. They'll require protected shelter before winter arrives.
No matter, they add panache to these summer planters by the river.

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