Spice up your Containers with ‘Cool Season Superstars’

Have the containers you planted in June, started to look a bit tired these last few weeks? We could all use a little inspiration this time of year. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of six ‘Cool Season Superstars‘ that will carry your planters from autumn into the winter.

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Heuchera: Evergreen foliage that comes in a rainbow of colors. (Heuchera ‘Marmalade’ pictured here).What’s not to love when it comes to filling your planters?

Coprosma: ‘Evening Glow’ pictured above is one spicy shrub. When you see its luminous foliage at dusk, you’ll agree that it’s aptly named.

Acorus: This is a little workhorse of a grass. Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ stays looking fresh through the winter and adds a lime-colored kick to your planters.


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Heather: Blooming or not, their spiky form adds textural interest to any planter. (Calluna vulgaris ‘Red Star’ pictured here)

Euphorbia: These evergreen beauties are champions throughout the winter when other shrubby perennials start to look worn. Pair ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (pictured above) with a mauve winter viola and you’ve got a winning combo.

Carex: Its thin, strappy leaves are an attractive accent to any broad-leaved perennials you might be planting. But don’t take our word for it, browse our gallery of inspiration below.

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‘Ascot Rainbow’ euphorbia with a pinky heuchera and a red-edged viola really pops.

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Don’t you love how the bright green frills of heuchera contrast here with the dark straps of Mondo grass?

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euphorbia-up-close/garden-spot-nurseryWe find it hard to resist these purple-leaved euphorbias. And Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty’ with it’s lime-edged leaves makes a stunning container plant.

Our thanks to T & L Nursery for their lovely photos. Hopefully we’ve gotten you inspired to try your own fall container combos. For more ideas take a look at our Pinterest board or drop by our store anytime. We love to chat about container design. And don’t forget, we can plant your containers for you as well!


One Tough Cookie: Plants that Can Take the Heat

Ah summer, the long lazy days, the barbecues with friends, the iced tea on the patio, that sad bergenia wilting in the afternoon sunlight…

Despite our reputation for rain, many of us have spots in our yard that will be blasted with light and heat over the next few months. We’ve put together a list of some low-water use perennials in our nursery that can take the heat!

Coneflowers are excellent garden performers. Attractive to butterflies and other wildlife, they are disease resistant and easy to grow. Their main requirement is that they be placed somewhere high and dry. They do not like to sit in puddles!

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) Echninacea ‘Solar Flare’ is our current favorite. Bright, tropical red petals and a tidy mound of foliage make it a statement piece in your garden. Coneflowers will bloom from now to frost, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this delightful specimen.


Euphorbia are reliable plants in any low-water use plantings. They come in a variety of shapes and forms, and are a truly heat resistant. As an added bonus, they have a milky white sap that is repellant to deer and other garden-munching critters.

For those of you who are in need of some feathery purple-green foliage, meet your new best friend: Euphorbia cyparissias. ‘Fen’s Ruby’ mounds beautifully and is a vigorous spreader so think carefully before you plant it.


Many of you are familiar with and already grow several varieties of sedum. Lewisia is a stunning companion plant to sedums in the garden or in a container.

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) You’ll love the deep green whorls of evergreen foliage on Lewisia. With bright pink, orange, white, apricot and yellow blossoms that bloom all summer and into the autumn, this little plant earns its place.


 Are you growing any Penstemon in your garden? Once established this perennial is drought-tolerant. But what we should really discuss are the blooms…

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) Tubular in shape, and oh so attractive to hummingbirds, the brilliant red blooms of Penstemon barbatus ‘Riding Hood Hot Red’ brings color and wildlife to your garden.


Have you grown a Hardy Geranium? If not, we should really talk. These beauties bloom all summer and are a great choice for full sun in Western Washington.

(img. courtesy of T & L Nursery) ‘Johnson’s Blue’ has true blue flowers with finely cut leaves. Bellissima!


Finally, let’s talk hyssop. Specifically, Agastache ‘Apricot Nectar’. Gorgeous orange blooms on silvery-grey foliage. Agastache doesn’t need fertile soil, or even much water once it’s grown in.

There are so many choices for the gardener interested in a low-water use, high heat plantings. We haven’t even mentioned Monarda, or Perovskia or any of the Salvias….we could go on. We hope this post gives you a little inspiration, and we’ll have plenty more suggestions for you anytime you’d like to stop by.

A very special thanks to T & L Nursery for the use of their beautiful  photographs!