I always am impressed by the commitment it takes to plan and sustain a flowerbed in the front of houses and apartment buildings. Unlike a backyard garden that is allowed to have a bad hair day, the front is always under scrutiny. I imagine that it cannot be easy, almost never cheap, and you have to answer to all the critics who stroll by... But these two stone planters which keep watch over the front of an UES townhouse, never disappoint. I feel that they are the perfect example of picking just the right object for a space and using it well. I cannot imagine what the initial cost of the stone planters was, but think they were well worth committing to. With what may amount to $30 or so in plants the owners are able put on striking and tasteful arrangements every year. These planters may also never need replacing.
The light is northern and the planters are mostly in the shade. But the coleus, maiden's hair fern and the Japanese (Aureola?) grass all LOVE the shade. The deep purples and bright greens complement each other well, standing out against the grey backdrop of the stairs, and look as if they have just been gathered up into this delicate basket.