More Of The Birmingham Pots

It has been great fun to go through the files of pictures I have from the Birmingham pot project.  I am so glad I have these pictures.   A garden is ephemeral at best; a container planting-yours for one season only.  I am not going to talk about all of these pots I have done over the years-just picture them for anyone who never had a chance to see them. If you drove by them-here is a still image.  I am up close to them in the designing and planting phase-not so much the grown out phase.  But I did make an effort to photograph at 6am one Sunday morning every year in August, so I could see what had transpired.  I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed planting these pots.  

The very best thing a body of work does for any designer is to permit and push them to whatever place lies ahead.  I am happy to have had the opportunity to do them.    I am casting at this moment a pair of Birmingham planters for a new project in Birmingham-this new work brings back memories of producing those pots so many years ago. 

As much as I went over the design and the plant list, the very best part about these pots was how they grew out.  I would be an idiot to suggest that the interaction of this inky fingers coleus and these few striking fingers of lime licorice was a finish I planned in advance.  My plan-anything but what you see here.  This mature pot is all about the nature of  plant interactions, the nature of growing-nature.  

This pot may be the closest I will ever get to fashion design. I will let this post go at that. 


  1. So lucky to live here and enjoy all your stunning creations, Deborah!

  2. What a loss for the city of Birmingham! Gardening in the very hot and dry interior of California would require some plant substitutions; however, these still serve as great inspiration for scale, texture, and color combinations. Thanks again for sharing your favorites here…fabulous!

  3. Judy Cornellier says:

    In the middle of summer I loved to take a walking tour of your containers and end with afternoon tea. The tea shops have gone and now your designs. Sad.
    Always the containers were filled to over flowing. I marveled at the heigth and colors. Oh how I loved the colors. In one arrangement that I shall never forget, the container stood very close to a hydrant. The colors of the hydrant were included in the arrangement. Wonderful colors.

  4. Terri Weiler says:

    Love the fashion design!

  5. I need never look anywhere else when I need planter inspiration! WOW!!!

  6. dave bockman says:

    I call it that also, especially when discussing it with a client, I sound appropriately erudite. :o)

  7. dave bockman says:

    LOVE the Dinosaur Kale! Way cool!

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Dave, in my neck of the woods, we call it Nero di Toscano kale. I just planted it in the pots in front of the shop-much more to follow, yes? Deborah

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