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Gorgeous Containers

Although their website is sorely lacking in aesthetics, the containers certainly are not. I was introduced to Duracraft garden planters through a good friend (and excellent designer) Jason Dengler of Wildwood Landscapes.

Let’s be honest; the vast majority of ‘fake’ planters and outdoor containers look just that: Fake. Fiberglass, blown plastic, various concrete castings, they all can look pretty awful and none of them age well. Duracraft containers are a notable exception: They are bonded fiberglass and resin castings in which the gel coat is completely suffused with metallic powders (such as bronze). The end reult being a gorgeous metallic finish which does not scratch off, peel, flake, delaminate, etc. AND which patinas over time in the same ways a solid bronze piece would. While not inexpensive, they’re substantially less expensive than worked or poured bronze. I’ve spec’d these now for several designs and they are just wonderful additions. Here are some of my favorites:

Century Square

Century Planter

Fluted Vase

Basket Planter Box

Lion Jar

R.R. Wide Rectangle Planter

Fluted Urn

Tuscan Urn

Fall Color in The Landscape

Overnight the fall coloration seems to have intensified remarkably:

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Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ from seed

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ from seed, closeup

Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple

Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple closeup

Fothergilla gardenii x major ‘Mount Airy’, to the left is Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, behind is Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Viburnum carlesii, Korean Spicebush

Japanese Maple, unknown cultivar

Japanese Maple, unknown cultivar closeup

Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Virginia Creeper growing in Buddleia x weyeriana ‘Honeycomb’

How is your fall shaping up? Let us know!