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By Sowanddipity @Sowanddipity

Pink and Purple Hanging basket

Flower Garden Design 

This is one of those posts where a picture is worth a thousand words…. how can one explain beautiful?

Planter design

Over the years I have planted hundreds of containers, done massive bulb displays and grown thousands of vegetables. Above all, I love to plan out the colors I wish to go with from year to year.

Bulb Display
Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe Garden

Vegetable Garden

But I love the riot of color of a well planned garden bed, hanging basket or container. I’ve always admired Monet’s style of gardening and I try to create drama at every level so that the eye can indulge.

Colorful hanging baskets

I love pink when coupled with chartreuse, here’s my front container vignette for 2012.


Once the petunia’s had gone leggy in late October, I popped them out and created a fall display by adding pops of orange.

Fall planter

Purple is a favorite of mine too… some years I just want to smother the garden in it. Wait for pictures of this years garden, it’s going to be


Purple themed hanging basket

Very bright yellows and reds when paired with black petunia’s can be an over the top show stopper like this one I did up this past week for Milner Village Garden Centre.

Red, yellow and black flowers

This picture is from a few years back in my garden design days where we went with a tutti-frutti theme in one of my clients yards. Love the yellow and pink!

gorgeous planters

I always shop early to get the best selection of plants. When I shopped for several clients back then, I stored them in my greenhouse until it was time to go outside. I have a potting shed with a big window now, but oh how I miss that greenhouse… it was done in by a bad winter storm one year .


You can see the whole top shelf to the left is my moss hanging baskets. The traffic always slowed when they went past… these babies got big!

Moss hanging baskets

My current garden goes through several transformations of amazing color, like this bed…


spring bulbs


Early Summer Dianthus


Fall Garden bed

Even after my flowering hanging baskets have gone leggy, my mono baskets of Ipomea will finish off the fall season in glorious color.

Ipomea hanging baskets

Who said a pretty flower garden had to be in bright colors. Here’s a white garden I did for a client, this is it’s first season, I can only imagine how beautiful it is now…I’ll have to go back for a visit!

White garden

Containers and planters are my favorite part of flower garden design, I love putting them together. Here’s another combo I did this week for Milner…

pretty containers

Sometimes odd parings make for a striking display…

designer planter

They can also be edible and junky like this vintage lunch box herb planter. See more fun junky ideas in my Garden Junk-Man style post.

herb container

Here’s my front vignette now, I’ll do a separate post on all the phases it has gone through and will go through this year in October.

pink and purple planter

But don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb and if time is an issue, I have a solution for you. I like to plant my own designer planters but this year I cheated on one of my big patio containers so I could show folks that are less than horti inclined a little trick.

Your neighbors and friends will be amazed and be thinking to themselves….

How DOES she do it!

3 Simple Steps to create gorgeous containers

Wow! This is bar none my most colorful post ever. Hope you enjoyed my flower garden design ideas, it is truly a joy of mine to create.

Peace Love Garden


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