Flourishing Summer Containers

Flourishing Summer Containers

Summer container of Alternanthera and Canna. photo credit: L. StiebitzIn the past few weeks, the containers around the arboretum have filled into flourishing, colorful arrangements.  Nearly 80 containers are now brimming with tropicals and annuals, accenting the lush arboretum landscape.

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Pereskia aculeata 'Godseffiana' adds a pop of color to this summer container around the Cunningham House. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

One of my personal favorites is the Pereskia aculeata ‘Godseffiana,’ which provides a golden yellow-green accent to the color palette around the Cunningham house.

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Impatiens repens fills out this container with Colocasia 'Blackwater'. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

In the Terry Shane teaching garden, the Impatiens repens is also filling out beautifully, providing a dense, low layer of trailing texture to this container’s focal point: Colocasia ‘Blackwater’.

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The vibrant color of Canna Tropicanna. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

In the Cosby Courtyard, the Canna Tropicanna® has large unfolding leaves of vibrant color that stands out even from a distance.

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Alternanthera 'Red Carpet' displays an eye-catching array of colors. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

The Alternanthera ‘Red Carpet’ is another eye-catching combination of reds, purples, yellows and greens a fantastic display of deep, royal colors in these containers.

Available at the Scott offices and for download are free copies of a brochure listing all of the plants in each of the containers around campus.  This is a comprehensive guide and helpful resource for arboretum visitors and home gardeners.

Laura Stiebitz
lstiebit1@swarthmore.edu
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  • Jody Downer
    Posted at 08:23h, 14 July Reply

    Great pictures Laura!

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