column planters give a vertical dimension to the landscape.
Basket or border
columns may not be something you have heard of or have tried, and you
may be asking what a basket column is. My best description is a large
wire basket with a coconut coir liner that gives the appearance of
floating on air by virtue of being mounted on a 4-by-4-foot post or
I first saw
something similar more than a decade ago at Goldsmith Seed in Gilroy,
Calif. The event was showcasing their new Bada Bing Bada Boom begonia
series. It seemed everywhere you looked there were these begonias
almost floating on air. I thought to myself wow letís take this idea
to the landscape.
concept is easy thanks to Pamela Crawfordís designed columns and
baskets with the Kinsman Company. All I can say is, "Holy
Wow," how stunningly beautiful, everyone should give these a try.
As a garden
writer and horticulturist, I was in luck, as my son James, the color
guru for Grow Landscape in Columbus, Ga., had a client, who was eager
to give them a try. He purchased 6 of them and artistically arranged
them along the front of a tall porch of a Southern Style home located
in Old Town, a Southern Living Community.
The baskets come
pre-punched with holes allowing for easy planting. You might think the
design would be hard but in reality, the same idea of thriller,
spiller-and-filler is applicable, you just have the option of choosing
more species of plants.
container growing during a long hot summer, regular watering is part
of the regimen thus it stands to reason that leaching of nutrients
will occur and regular feeding will be critically important to keep
the plants performing. The Columbus area has had quite a bit of rain
and heat but now five months later the baskets are still stopping
www.kinsmangarden.com to see the planters and also to get visual
instructions on planting the baskets. If you are one of those
gardeners who excels when it comes to container gardens but perhaps
lacks the success you want in the landscape, itís likely due to the
good soil mix you use in containers and perfect drainage.
You will find
this same success with the border column and basket column planters.
Be sure not to skimp on the soil; buy soil that is light and airy and
sold by the cubic foot. It is also a good idea to buy soil with
controlled released granules already incorporated into the mix. During
the growing season feed regularly with a dilute water-soluble
fertilizer. You will be amazed at the ability of plants like petunias
and calibrachoas to keep growing and blooming with regular
arenít just for the warm season but also for the long, cool season
ahead too. Trailing pansies, trailing snapdragons, lamiums, euphorbias,
and ornamental kale and cabbage all embrace the change in
temperatures. If you thought container gardening, growing in baskets
and window boxes was fun, just wait until you try the new border
columns or basket columns.