February 26, 2019
In Tree Tenders
Posted in 2019 Flower Show - Flower Power on February 19, 2019
We invited Nick McCullough, a new Philadelphia Flower Show exhibitor from the Midwest, to share his thoughts about his top pins on Pinterest with us.
By Nick McCullough
Sometimes simpler is better. This planter was placed beside my front door and resonated with a large crowd on social media through its attainable plantings. Pinned 500,000 times, it reached a viral status within the first six months of posting. When I took this image, I could not have imagined a planter with three plants could have reached such heights. After breaking down the image, it makes sense. This design is something that can be repeated with relative ease. The plants themselves are readily available to the average gardener through a local garden center. The design is visually appealing because of its texture, color, and foliage. While Tradescantia has a small flower, it’s the foliage, texture and color that make this planter special.
Lastly, this design spans many climate zones. For those in the north, this is a summer planter. In the south, this planting could last from season to season.
Plants shown here from the bottom up: Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ (silver ponysfoot), Tradescantia pallida ‘Pink Stripe’ (spiderwort), and Sansevieria trifasciata (mother-in-law’s tongue).
Everyone loves a good selfie, especially when it is with Longwood Gardens’ giant Victoria water platters. This image was taken on my trip to the area in October 2018. Thanks to my friend Matthew Ross (Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens) I was given an opportunity of a lifetime to be among these beauties before the garden opened for the day. The air temperature was 40 degrees, but the water was in the upper 70s. It was the best hot tub I have ever experienced!
Garden lifestyle. Everyone loves an image where you can envision yourself being transported to that moment in time. This picture (below) was taken at my home garden on a late summer evening after a long day gardening. In my designs, I am always trying to figure out how to link people and the garden. In this case, I designed an outdoor room to make a space where we can relax and converse among friends and family in the garden. The trees (pleached hornbeam) create a shady spot on sunny days and the planters add a pop of color and whimsy as the seasons change. This is where we spend a lot of time.
I invite everyone to connect with me via Pinterest, or Instagram and through my blog, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, where I share my garden travels, trials and tribulations from my garden, as well as goings-on in the gardening world.
Be sure to visit Nick’s exhibit at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “All Along the Watchtower,” which was inspired by the view from the Woodstock stage, looking out onto a mass of revelers. This keyhole garden is designed to overwhelm visitors in a haze of purple and riot of textures created by the power of infinite flowers.