North Driveway Containers

The driveway runs from South to North, and ends behind the house.  The end of the driveway is the sunniest, warmest spot in the yard, and ideal for hardy herbs and succulents.

2013

Up to NINE self watering herb boxes, which is as much as the space will accommodate.  The west end of this line  is more shaded than the east end.  Hopefully the plants in the last box or two will be okay.  The elderberries planted by the North Retaining Wall needed trimming to keep them from shading a couple of the boxes too much.  Hopefully their future growth will be less floppy.

2012

Added several more self watering herb boxes for a total of eight.  Several boxes were overcrowded, so in the fall, I rearranged plants to spread them out.  I also removed the Liatris spicata because they’re too tall for these boxes.

North Driveway Containers, 10 May 2012
Picture shows, from right to left, Cactus Pot, Sedum Pot, Hypertufa Pot, Herb Box #1 (right) through Herb Box #4 (left) plus new unplanted box.

2011

Added four self watering herb boxes, which did very well.  This seems to solve the problem of plants dying during the summer without daily watering.  All the round pots are regular, and contain very tough plants with very low water needs.

Herb Boxes #1 (right) – #4 (left), Hypertufa Pot (left front), Sedum Pot (right front) October 2011
Herb Boxes #1 (right) – #4 (left), Hypertufa Pot (left front), Sedum Pot (right front) 8 May 2011

2010

In addition to herb pots, this year’s vegetable garden was a straw bale vegetable garden located here.

Replanted to replace plants lost during the hot summer.  Watering is problematic since these are so exposed.  Sedum dasyphyllum was turned over and dumped repeatedly by our new puppy Dahlia, so very little is left.

Driveway Containers, 9 May 2010

This included Sedum ‘Ogon’ which is the golden plant next to the sage.  It’s gorgeous, but probably not hardy in containers.

2009

Moved containers from rental house to new house in April or May 2009.  Small container in front shows Sedum dasyphyllum in bloom.  This pot looked GREAT in full bloom at the rental house, but it’s struggling some here.

Driveway Containers, 13 June 2009

Sedum dasyphyllum in bloom…

and Herb Pot, 13 June 2008

Current Pots

Sedum Pot (left front) & Cactus Pot (Right front), May 2011

Sedum Pot (left) and Cactus Pot (right), 10 May 2012

Sedum Pot

Plastic “terra cotta” pot, soil mixed with sand for sharp drainage

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
Thymus pseudolanuginosus Wooly Thyme
Sedum spectabile Frogbelly

2013

4/26/2013:  Top dressed with compost, trimmed Wooly Thyme back to edge of pot.  It has spread nicely.

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost

10/2012:  Top dressed with compost

2011

Rearranged while planting Herb Boxes #1 & #2

Added tomato ‘Micro Tom’

dug up a division of Sedum spectabile for Laura

top dressed with compost

Cactus Pot

Plastic “terracotta” pot moved from rented townhouse in Spring 2009, soil mixed with sand for sharp drainage.

Cactus Pot, October 2011

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
1 Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ ‘Berggarten’ Sage Cut back very sharply every spring
  Sedum ‘Angelina’ Sedum ‘Angelina’
Cylindropuntia? Hardy Cactus From Evelyn, added Spring 2011

SUNFLOWER SUET FEEDER

2013

4/26/2013:  Top dressed with compost

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost

10/2012:  Top dressed with compost, moved out Sedum dasyphyllum because it’s really struggling

2011

Rearranged while planting Herb Boxes #1 & #2

Added cactus from Evelyn

Added tomato ‘Micro Tom’

top dressed with compost

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost, cut back Sage

Hoping Sedum ‘Love & Tangles’ will spread — it was gorgeous filling a pot until Dahlia dumped it over

Rosemary Pot

Rosemary Pot, May 2011

winter container over inside

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
1 Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Foxtail’ Rosemary ‘Foxtail’

2013

1/2013:  Moved inside expecting temps below freezing

4/2013:  Moved outside on deck to harden off

2012

5/2012:  Moved outside on deck to harden off

2011

Initial Planting

Added tomato ‘Micro Tom’

top dressed with compost

Hypertufa Pot

Homemade hypertufa pot, made with Evelyn while visiting her in Tennessee, perhaps in 2008

Replanted several times, most recently in 2010

These plants may need more regular water, perhaps a self-watering setup or a more sheltered spot

Hypertufa Pot, May 2011

Hypertufa Container, 10 May 2012

Hypertufa Pot, October 2011

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
1 Sedum sp. Small Green Sedum Unknown species from North Hill Nursery, accidentally included in an order, has been moved and divided several times, seems to be a slow grower
1 Sedum hispanica

2013

4/26/2013:  Top dressed with compost.  Sedum are in bad shape, probably due to critters digging in it.

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost.  Small green sedum is spreading

10/2012:  Moved rue into an herb box

2011

4/25/2011:  Rearranged while planting Herb Boxes #1 & #2.  Added tomato ‘Micro Tom’

10/2011:  Moved some small green sedum to Herb Box #4.  Added Rue seedlings.  top dressed with compost

2010

Initial planting

Herb Box #1

Herb Box #1, May 2011

Herb Box #1, 10 May 2012

Herb Box #1, October 2011

Herb Box #1, 10 May 2012

 

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
1  Thymus pseudolanuginosus Wooly Thyme
1  Oenothera  missouriensis Missouri Primrose
1 Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ ‘Berggarten’ Sage Cut back very sharply every spring
5 Liatris spicata  Gayfeather
1  Thymus x citriodorus Lemon Thyme
1  Hyssopus officinalis Hyssop
1  Allium schoenoprasum Chives From FreeSpirit
 Sedum ruprestre ‘Angelina’ Sedum ‘Angelina’

2013

4/26/2013:

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost, cut back sage

25 April 2011

4/25/2011:  Initial Planting

Herb Box #2

Herb Box #2, May 2011

Herb Box #2, October 2011

Herb Box #2, 10 May 2012

Herb Box #2, Overhead view, October 2011

Qty

Latin Name

Common Name

Notes

1

Thymus vulgaris

English Thyme

1

Petrorhaggia saxifraga ‘Lady Mary’

Lazy S’s Farm, moved from Cactus Pot

5

Liatris spicata

1

 Origanum vulgare

Oregano

Rooted cutting from Evelyn

1

 Thymus pseudolanuginosus

Wooly Thyme

1

 Artemesia dracunulus sativa

Tarragon

1

Callirhoe involucrata

Winecup

Grown from seed, added October 2011

1

 Hyssopus officinalis

Hyssop

1

 Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’

Sedum ‘Voodoo’

1

 Thymus herba-barona

Caraway Thyme

Mislabeled creeping thyme on picture

25 April 2011

Initial Planting

Later 2011

Dug up division of Caraway Thyme for Laura

added Callirhoe, thinking Tarragon was dead, but it was just very leggy

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost

Herb Box #3

Herb Box #3, October 2011

Herb Box #3, 10 May 2012

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
3  Lavandula angustifolia ‘Dwarf Silver’ Lavender ‘Dwarf Silver’
5 Liatris spicata
Allium schoenoprasum ‘Sterile’ Chives, Profusion® Plants
1 Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ ‘Berggarten’ Sage Cut back very sharply every spring

2011

Initial Planting

brought in some chives for winter

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost

Herb Box #4

Herb Box #4, October 2011

Herb Box #4, 10 May 2012

Qty Latin Name Common Name Notes
1  Lavandin x intermedia ‘Dilly Dilly’ Lavender ‘Dilly Dilly’
1  Thymus herba-barona Caraway Thyme Division from Green Rectangular Pot #1
1 Euphorbia martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Callirhoe involucrata  Winecup Grown from seed
2 Ruta graveolens Rue Grown from seed
1 Sedum sp. Division from Hypertufa Pot
1  Allium senescens var. glaucum Cowlick Chives

2011

Initial Planting, including plants from Amberg nursery that spent quite a while in small pots.

2012

3/2012:  Top dressed with compost

Future Plans

Could add window boxes with Sempervivum & Sedum in front of Herb Boxes

Could add Sedum Ogon to Rosemary Pot to winter over inside

Last updated 10 May 2012

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