blue salvia, red canna, and black and white striped awnings

Display Gardens Make Saturday Shopping A Pleasure

Six on Saturday, August 11, 2018

The display gardens at one of our local shopping districts inspired today’s garden post.

It’s been a busy few weeks, and I put off some errands that had to be done – like buying food, for example.

I dread and avoid weekend shopping in the summer.  It helped to be heading to one of the prettiest shopping centers around. It’s had various names over the years.  Lately, it’s called “Eton.”

Today was a beautiful summer day:  the sky a pure blue and the sunshine abundant.

As I walked around Eton, I noticed some spectacular flower displays.

blue salvia, red canna, and black and white striped awnings

The classic black and white striped awning looks so great in a garden setting.  The stone and ironwork are beautiful, too.


A concrete bordered bed of ornamental grasses sways in the breeze

A border of repeated plantings of ornamental grass would never have occurred to me.  The attraction here is the movement and texture that this bed brings to the plaza.


pots are placed on metal "sticks" in a narrow flower border

My photo doesn’t do this display justice.  Here we have a cute display of “plants on a stick,” a clever variation on hanging baskets.  This is something I’d like to try.


An old iron bistro set is painted white. The top of the table is covered with plantings of succulents.

Are you a fan of succulents? I never was big on them, other than sedum ‘Autumn joy.’ But this table top filled with succulents is gorgeous, and a clever way to upcycle an old bistro set.


Giant white hibiscus flowers shine sunlight

The giant hibiscus hovered over several beds of white flowers. These blooms are the size of dinner plates.


mini houses and plants form a village display

Last is the best, a miniature village of flowered cottages.  Butterflies flitted all around this display. Adorable!

another view of the miniature garden houses



I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s peek at a public display garden, and have new ideas “germinating” for next year.

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10 comments on “Display Gardens Make Saturday Shopping A Pleasure”
  1. Lora Hughes says:

    So creative, imaginative, & really lovely to look at. I’m surprised at how healthy & un-treashed the gardens look. Sometimes folk use public display gardens as bins. But you’ve given me some seed ideas to germinate, as you suggest, using unexpected items as containers & also, the idea of the flowers on sticks = using artificial levels to add variety to a flower bed. Great post. Glad you shared this.

  2. A. JoAnn says:

    The displays at this shopping center were amazing. It was so sunny that day that I couldn’t capture the true colors, which were even more vibrant than the photos.

  3. March Picker says:

    Those little houses and their gardens are infinitely appealing!

  4. I love those litlle houses, I think I saw them first over on your Instagram feed, but those are my favorite.

  5. iScriblr says:

    Such gorgeous shots and excellent ideas!??

  6. thank you Joann 🙂 I think so too 🙂 im looking for a box to put the succulents in 🙂

  7. A. JoAnn says:

    Your deck and eating area are so pretty. I think succulents with the old bistro chairs would be beautiful.

  8. these displays are wonderful – lots of great ideas especially love the succulents on the bistro table – I’m thinking of doing similar with two broken bistro chairs. I love the little houses too but these displays must take alot of upkeep – though if it bring shoppers back again and again that’s part of the plan. Love Bec @becinmonton – I’m a newbie to six on sat btw

  9. A. JoAnn says:

    Yes, such creative minds coming up with these beautiful displays. You are so right about the upkeep. I’m struggling to keep my own small garden in shape.

  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a pretty place you have to go shopping. It would be a pleasure! I haven’t been a fan of succulents either, but I’m realising how good they look in the right setting and now I’m planting some in my own garden. Your post has some excellent ideas: those baskets on poles, and I love the little houses with their miniature gardens. Someone goes to a lot of trouble to look after it all.

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