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red hues and helps attract beneficial insects to the
area to keep the edibles healthy. The warm red tones
help give the promise of warm-weather harvests during the cool East Bay summer. When the light shines
through the leaves it is quite a stunning display.
(Plants: Swiss chard, curly parsley, marigolds)
Gig Harbor, Washington
THIS DESIGN WAS created with shade and cool
Pacific Northwest weather in mind. I like to use a
variety of textures and combine leaf colors with just
one or two blossom colors. Understated. White pansies and tulips graced the pottery in the spring as the
other plants were maturing around them. I’m in the
garden every day it’s not freezing or pouring rain. It’s
a healthy addiction!—Ellen Betit
(Plants: Heuchera ‘Venus’, Heuchera villosa
‘Thunderbird’, ‘Goldilocks’ creeping jenny,
Pelargonium ‘Mystical White’, ‘Paper Moon’ lobelia)
Woodland Hills, California
WHEN I ORIGINALLY planted that pot I selected
the various succulents by their size, shape, color and
texture. Most of the succulents in the pot were trimmings from other pots that I had in my backyard.
I have been interested in gardening for some 21
years. It seemed like a lot of the places that we visited
and liked had lots of very attractive succulents. I
liked the feeling that they created, and they were so
unusual-looking. I have tried to duplicate some of
those same feelings in our backyard. Our friends
and family really enjoy spending time in our back-
yard. I have more than 100 pots!—Garrett Parkinson
(Plants: I have maybe 20 different varieties of suc-
culents and cacti growing in my backyard, and
I do not know the names of any of them. I just
Category: Creative Containers
Emerald Hills, California
I PAINTED AN old claw-footed bathtub and filled
it with a weeping cedar tree and some of my favorite
succulents, which you can see blooming in the foreground, as well as others all around it. The succulents all look different or bloom at different times of
the year. My favorite is the screaming kalanchoe in
the forefront, which is why I submitted this spring
photo. The tall, round “umbrella” decoration has a
trumpet vine growing up it. I prune it so that it
looks like a shower head is raining orange trumpet
vine flowers into the bathtub in the summer.
(Plants: Weeping cedar, variegated Aeonium,
kalanchoe, variegated Plectranthus, sedum,
A flower blossoms for ıts own joy.
Best Seasonal Garden Contest
CONSIDER ENTERING A photo in our Best Seasonal Garden
contest. Use your imagination to put together a garden that adapts
and thrives in three seasons (spring, summer and fall). We’ll select a
first-, second- and third-place winner.
Winners will be selected based on originality and creativity by a
panel of judges whose decisions will be final. The winner will receive
one $500 Costco Cash card. Second place will receive a $250 Costco
Cash card. Third place will receive a $100 Costco Cash card. Winning
entries may be featured in a future issue of The Costco Connection.
All entries must be received by November 1, 2013. Winners will be
determined by February 2014. Email one ( 1) high-resolution photo for
each season and a short write-up, along with your Costco membership
number and contact information, to
“Seasonal Garden Contest” in the subject line.
No purchase, payment or opt-in of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest.
Purchase will not improve an individual’s chances of winning. Void where prohibited.
Open to legal residents of the U.S. (except Puerto Rico) who are age 18 or older at the time
of entry. One entry per household. Employees of Costco and their families are not eligible.
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