Toad's Potted Plants - fanciful foliage for your home and garden
Every potted arrangement is a unique composition based on the light and temperature conditions of its location as well as the visual context. Here are some examples of Leslie’s creations, and every new creation will have its own look and feel according to its place and environment.
Leslie delights in finding ordinary objects and combining them in sometimes unexpected ways with plant textures and subtle shifts of foliage colors. Many of her containers are one-of-a-kind finds, giving new life to discarded objects.
Over the years Leslie has uncovered lots of great sources for unique new and reused containers. She loves to share her favorite nurseries, and she also propagates plants in her own garden.
A pair of terra cotta pots from Indonesia, Jack Sprat and wife. The tall pot, Jack, sports a prickly succulent that looks like a sea urchin. The shorter pot, his wife, holds a variety of sage green succulents. This pair favors the outdoors in a moderately sunny spot and needs infrequent water. They'd look fantastic together on a deck.
This Dutch blue tubby ribbed pot contains a combination of succulents with distinct markings on leaves of distinctly unleafy shapes. This arrangement would look good on a table in the garden. Just water when dry and keep in dappled light.
Here’s a matte black traditional lamp shaped pot filled with house plants that all have a bit of red in them. Craves full sun and even moisture. The whole ensemble can summer outdoors but, because the totally red iresine must winter indoors, it's also great on a table in the sunniest room in the house. Keep pinching back the new growth for a bushy look.
This lady is wearing a hat of bronze patterned begonia leaves, bronze shade-loving grass and a trailing string of pearls succulent. She looks contented in a garden bed of oxalis where she is shaded -- to protect her complexion -- and gets regular water from the irrigation system.
A pair of exuberant pots greets visitors as they enter the house. The elephant ear likes lots of water so it's in a pot without any drainage hole. Chartreuse and peach fuchsias offset the dark green stems. Likes afternoon sun or filtered light.
Flea market finds! Egg baskets lined with coir fiber and planted with succulents to resemble feathers. Put anywhere outside -- hang in a tree, sit under a bush...
...or let swim in a bird bath.
Two gifts in one. A simple garage sale pitcher planted with a water loving corkscrew grass. This grass loves to be very wet so a pitcher without drainage is perfect. This arrangement would be fun to have in a sunny kitchen. When and if you get tired of the plant, put it in the garden and pour yourself a glass of water from the pitcher.
There was an old stump that was hollow inside. In went Grandmother’s Christmas cactus. Then a staghorn fern was hung on the side of the old oak stump -- an air plant for fluffy grey texture and color. No more eyesore.
Coir lined basket of baby succulents hanging at eye level in the garden. This gets full sun and regular water.
The glaze on this pot is reminiscent of the painted desert in Arizona. To highlight the lush colors the plants are cool green ferns, one has a blue hazy cast like looking at the desert that is far away. This arrangement works well in a quiet room with bright to low light and thrives when the soil is kept moist.
Please feel free to email Leslie at , call her at (510) 551-8144, or use the form below.
Available to visit by appointment only, Leslie's garden is located in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland, California.