Headed for a dental appointment (and late as usual) I passed by this collection of galvanized metal containers planted up with an interesting assortment of things. As luck would have it my appointment was quick and I had time to stop and take photos before the light in the sky completely disappeared for the day.


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This section of NE 28th Ave in Portland is a nice 3-4 block stretch of restaurants, coffee shops, and stores selling all manner of things.
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Traffic can be heavy and swift so having these planters along the sidewalk helps to define the pedestrian space and make it feel less exposed.
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This time of year the fallen leaves bring additional interest and color.
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As a lover of industrial stock tanks used as planters (I have 12), I find the assortment of sizes and shapes they’ve included here especially interesting.
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In most of the commercial applications I’ve seen the person designing the space tends to just line up a number of the oblong planters and call it a day.
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Not here! And they also filled them with a great assortment of plants. Nothing too obscure and difficult, but not nameless “filler”…
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I’m not conifer smart, so I can’t tell you which one this is, but doesn’t it look fetching against the silver metal and decorated with fallen leaves?
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And notice, not just a plain green Fatsia but a variegated one!
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I do hope the heavy containers sitting on the roots of the towering trees above do not cause them stress. Does anyone know, is this a concern?
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I frequently flirt with the idea of galvanized metal trash cans mixed in with my stock tanks. I’m just not sure I could pull it off. Here it works.
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Heck even the fire hydrant seems perfectly on theme.
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