Friday, October 15, 2010


The containers around the Ag Center at the Arboretum have been changed out for their fall/winter arrangements.  We have 12 large winter proof containers.  Gone are the warm season annuals and in their place are plants that will provide color, texture, and structure over the colder months.  Our containers have a variety of plants one might not consider growing in a confined place.  In two we have Hetz Midget arborvitaes (Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Midget') which have been in the same container for several years.  Other evergreens we have grown are the Sky Pencil Holly (Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil') and Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green') both which were subsequently planted in the beds around the Ag Center after they outgrew the containers.  These evergreens are the focal point of the containers, the thrillers.  Surrounding these tall plants we have planted fillers which are compact, bushy plants such as pansies, dianthus, heucheras, to name a few.  To complete the look you will find spillers such as Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia).  

Additionally, several Extension Master Gardener Volunteers assisted 'Uptown Greenville' in selecting plants for large planting beds in Greenville along Evans Street between 4th and 5th Street.  Planting Day is Tuesday, October 19th starting at 2 PM.  If you would like to be involved, click here Uptown Planting Project .

Check out all these new plantings for some inspiration.