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Going To Pot: Four-season containers for residential and commercial settings

Let Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, plant your pots, window boxes and other containers this year. She has nearly 30 years experience in growing plants in pots. She plants containers for residential and commercial clients.

Fee: $35/hour: meeting w/client, plant selection and research, plus cost of plants and supplies. For travel beyond 10 miles, one way, add $5 fuel charge per visit. Contact: IndyGardenCoach@hoosiergardener.com

Here are some recent examples:

Spring

Forced daffodils join pansies and toadflax to brighten a spring day. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Forced daffodils join pansies and toadflax to brighten a spring day. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Pansies and pussy willows. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Pansies and pussy willows. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Summer

Begonias, perilla and asparagus fern provide color and textures to a summer urn. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Begonias, perilla and asparagus fern provide color and textures to a summer urn. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A variety of Rex begonias sparkle in a shady spot in summer. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A variety of Rex begonias sparkle in a shady spot in summer. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Pots planted with annuals in the same color range provide impact at the front stoop. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Pots planted with annuals in the same color range provide impact at the front stoop. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Torenia and phlox make up an easy care container on commercial property. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Torenia and phlox make up an easy care container on commercial property. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

 

Summer annuals. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Summer annuals. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 Fall

A blue squash (pumpkin) mixed with purple-leaf ornamental mini-cabbages and trailing ivy create a fall container. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A blue squash (pumpkin) mixed with purple-leaf ornamental mini-cabbages and trailing ivy create a fall container. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

 

Fall-planted dinosaur kale and parsley usually make it through winter for a long-season of interest. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Fall-planted dinosaur kale and parsley usually make it through winter for a long-season of interest. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

White pumpkins, a selection o minis and faux leaves adorn an urn for a beautiful fall planting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

White pumpkins, a selection of mini pumpkins and gourds, faux leaves, vine and moss adorn an urn for a beautiful fall planting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 Winter

A bright, outdoor ornament is the focal point of this winter arrangement. Split reeds provide the backdrop. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A bright, outdoor ornament is the focal point of this winter arrangement. Split reeds provide the backdrop. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A dramatic look for an antique urn comes from select evergreen boughs, magnolia branches, color stems and an outdoor ornament. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A dramatic look for an antique urn comes from select evergreen boughs, magnolia branches, color stems and an outdoor ornament. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Evergreen boughs and cut stems of curly willow and dogwood provide seasonal fare for a commercial setting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Evergreen boughs and cut stems of curly willow and dogwood provide seasonal fare for a commercial setting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Winter container with salal, evergreen boughs and birch branches add seasonal beauty in a planting for a commercial setting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Winter container with salal, evergreen boughs and birch branches add seasonal beauty in a planting for a commercial setting. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Evergreen boughs and snippets from the garden make a lovely winter container that will last until pansy time. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Evergreen boughs and snippets from the garden make a lovely winter container that will last until pansy time. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Winter arrangements can take the snow. They usually look good until pansy-planting season. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Winter arrangements can take the snow. They usually look good until pansy-planting season. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Perennials, such as ornamental grass and heuchera pair with summer annuals. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

Perennials, such as ornamental grass and heuchera pair with summer annuals. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

Cannas, coleus and summer annuals.

Cannas, coleus and summer annuals. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Persian shield and lantana. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Persian shield and lantana. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

Daffodils and iris force into bloom for spring. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Daffodils and iris forced into bloom for spring. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Gerber daisy, jewels of Opar and verbena. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Gerber daisy, jewels of Opar and verbena.© Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

 

 

Persian shield, container cluster. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Persian shield, container cluster. Cluster containers for a better show, impact.  © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp