This glazed ceramic pot sits by our drive and transitions through the seasons with an ever changing array of players.
The mainstay is the Japanese painted fern, which grows a bit bigger each year. A deciduous perennial, it emerges in early April but disappears by Halloween. I plant the Violas in early October as the fern is fading, but they will fry in early summer’s heat. Muscari, from fall planted bulbs, join the arrangement for a brief appearance.
The pot is surrounded by Vinca minor, English ivy and Mayapples, all here of their own accord. I’ll pop a Caladium into the pot by mid-May to carry us through the summer.
Conditions: partial shade, enriched potting soil, gravel mulch