Detroit Garden Works Brims With Clever Ideas For Pots & Containers

Detroit garden works

These vintage wash basins make great herb containers!

This weekend, I’m continuing to refine my lower-level outdoor space. In my last post, I shared some information about a few types of containers, sizes and best ways to group items. I also shared a bit about my favorite plants and those that create wonderful privacy walls. And I’ve got more to say on the matter!

Last weekend, I wandered up and down the pathways of my favorite garden center in metro Detroit — Detroit Garden Works in Sylvan Lake, Mich. This is a destination shop, to be sure.

They had a variety of vignettes set up that were so alluring. I loved their ideas for fruit and vegetable gardens in containers.

Strawberries are ready to burst in these clever wire basket containers.

Strawberries are ready to pop in these clever wire baskets.

A favorite container was the wire basket, which looks so charming with the moss-like lining they use, and strawberry plants that soon will pop with luscious fruits. I can imagine plucking the berries for my morning fruit bowl!

They also featured tall planters with tomatoes, but to make them look nicer than your typical dull tomato pot, they filled the bases to the edges with the moss-like plant.

There were herbs aplenty, too! Basil filled little washbasin-themed containers that had these cute little faucets!


Detroit garden works

I use rosemary all the time when cooking; it’s so convenient to have it growing right near my kitchen. Aren’t these planters simply wonderful?

The rosemary trees were vibrant in their deep forest-green hues. I use a lot of herbs for cooking from my garden throughout the summer, so was very excited to see all these new ideas (see photos here).

These contemporary fruit sculptures are made of concrete and look great in gardens!

These contemporary fruit sculptures are made of concrete and look fabulous in gardens!

And they have the coolest fruit garden sculptures. They’re handmade of white concrete and considered “contemporary English.” Their resin stems screw into the sculptures for strength and durability.  To be sure, these would make a very strong sculptural statement in a contemporary garden.

Do you have an outdoor space that you gravitate toward at the end of a day? What types of plants grow there and in what types of containers? 


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