Jerry's Jungle Stump
August 20, 2013
Just as an artist must have a creative eye, the same is true in landscape design. For homeowners, the key to landscape success is looking out for opportunity. In a previous segment I visited with my friend Jerry and watched as he transformed an unwanted dead stump along his driveway into a beautiful rustic planter, made from scraps of tin. This season, Jerry has one-upped last year's efforts by creating a tropical jungle theme using the thriller, filler, and spiller format. The center group ing of canna are surrounded by a vibrant sea the Mississippi Medallion winner Fireworks gomphrena, that have spread high and wide throughout the planter. The cannas exotic green leaved and red striped Tropicana paired with the vivid purple spheres of gomphrena, make for an excellent thriller element. Golden duranta and profusion Orange zinnia serve well as the filler element of this planter arrangement, while the sun loving Pazazz Yellow purslane sends its succulent foliage and bright blooms spilling down the sides of the tin. Of course, the eyes are automatically drawn to the real thriller of this planter, the Alocasia commonly called elephant ears. These giants rise from the rock base encircling the planter to greet visitors with a feel of the tropics as they travel down the drive. So remember to look for creative opportunities in your yard. You might just turn a weak spot into one of the strongest aspects of your landscape. I'm horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern gardening.