Shrinking a Meadow Down to Size

The Meadow at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Meadow at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The photo at left is an area at the Chicago Botanic Garden that sits just behind the English Walled Garden. I call it “The Meadow”. (Enlarge the photo to appreciate the color display.) Each year it’s planted out with a rainbow assortment of annuals placed between two large swaths of lawn and dotted with old trees and evergreens. In the years when large groupings of blue salvia are planted among the hotter colors, it’s an absolute hummingbird magnet.

Container garden

Container garden

Don’t have enough room for a colorful meadow garden? Or perhaps you already have a color scheme in your garden that isn’t quite the same Monet-inspired palette used by the Chicago Botanic Garden in The Meadow, but you still love the look of riotous color. Why not try a meadow in containers for the patio or deck, as shown in the photo at right. Just remember to consider from which angle the “meadow flowers” are most likely to be viewed, so that taller plants don’t crowd out the view of containers with shorter plants.

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