Container Garden Inspiration: The Woodland Garden


Can we all agree that this would be a wonderful new trend in container gardens?  Woodland inspired containers — not just a mixed palette of lichens, moss, twigs and woodland plant wonder, but taking the scheme right down the side of the container is just plain wonderful!  It is easy for me to envision this sort of thing in my home or anothe rresidential setting – but I think it would be fantastic if we could imagine these as big city street planters.  They would be like little islands of nature in the middle of the urban jungle.  Their tactile nature, texture, and mix of materials is inviting in a way that the typically colorful set of annuals that usually grace our streets are not.

I have a few containers that I am quite frankly tired of and am wondering if I might be able to transform them into something like this. The level of detail and beautiful things to look at whether you are 20 feet or 2 feet away is extraordinary and such a pretty twist on the creation of container gardens.  To me it is a cross between the terrarium, the traditional container garden and floristry — perhaps with a twist of the vertical garden theme.

lichen and woodland plants inspired container garden via

These were created by Francoise Weeks who also offers classes on the subject if you are in Portland Oregon.

images from bollea.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Vista Village Pediatrician on February 28, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I’m amazed with this flower arrangement. I commonly see some flowers and leaves used for flower arrangement but not moss, twigs, and lichens. Does it use floral foam too or can you arrange it soil pots?

  2. Sybil Phillips on February 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I would try both but soil in pots might be more of a guarantee that the plant materials would survive.

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