Display Garden

“Display Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


One of the nice things about going to a botanical garden is the ideas you can get from the display gardens.  As you enter the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, one of the first areas you encounter is a small brick patio surrounded by potted plants.



There is a garden bed encircling the patio which contains big shrubs and palms.  In front of the bed are clusters of containers with mostly tropical plants (this is New Orleans, after all).  If you notice, the potted plants are grouped (usually in three’s) with some containers raised on bricks for variations in height.  Also, different sized pots are used.  Extra large pots have smaller ones grouped around them as this next photo shows.



My patio is almost this size, so this display garden gives me some ideas for next summer.  I don’t think I would use as many tropicals because I do not want to have to overwinter them, but I am sure containers of perennials and annuals instead of tropicals would look just as nice.  I like the extra large containers that seem to give some substance to the area. 


It is nice to see a garden at this time of year because it is filled out and at its peak; you know what it is supposed to look like.  When you see a spring garden, the plants are usually small, and it can be hard to visualize how it will look at the peak of summer.  You can be sure that in the winter and next spring, when I will be garden planning, I will be looking at these pictures for inspiration.




  1. tina said,

    October 20, 2008 at 5:22 am

    I love taking pictures in order to look back on them too. Best part! That brick patio looks welcoming.

  2. nancybond said,

    October 20, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I’ve gleaned so many great ideas from reading on Blotanical — I love the brick patio, and that table and chairs just begs for a long sit, quiet conversation and a lovely drink…of something. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. October 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Their patio area looks so lush with the wall of green effect from large plantings. It looks very private and inviting. The plants in pots are large enough to balance out the design, bringing the green up close. The groupings make a good showing together. It will be fun to see your interpretation, and adaptation to your space.

  4. Jan said,

    October 21, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Tina, that was a lovely patio garden. It was very inspiring. I can just imagine sitting out there in the early morning with everything being so peaceful.

    Nancy, wasn’t that patio just perfect? You are so right about getting great ideas from other gardeners on Blotanical. I now have a very long list of plants I want to try after seeing them in other bloggers’ gardens.

    NS, it was very private and inviting. It would be perfect for an area that was next to a street since you would never know other people were just beyond the plantings. I was impressed by how well so many containers were incorporated into the design without make the area seem crowded.

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