It took us a month to find pots to fill two corners of our deck. Since the Monterey Pines came down between us and the ocean, the glare and barrenness of our deck made us feel that something was missing. To remedy this, I got pots first then searched for the right plant to fill them. I found pots made of fiberglass that looked so much like stained cement that I had to tap them before I knew what they were made of. We’re getting too old to schlep around cement containers so fiberglass would have to do!
I wanted conical-shaped plants and hopefully conifers. I found just what I wanted at one of my favorite nurseries in Atascadero. We brought home two beautiful arborvitae, genus Thuja (pronounced Thu-ya). arborvitae are in the Cypress family so have the typical scales as leaves and have a wonderful fragrance (or at least I think it’s wonderful). The Thuja occidentalis or Eastern Arborvitae is a native of Eastern North America. They will grow in our temperate climate but must be kept moist to thrive.
Potting them up was relatively easy. We put a few inches of “packing peanuts” in the bottom of the pot as a filler and used a 2 cubic foot bag of potting soil for each pot. The plants were a little rootbound so I loosened the soil on the sides and bottom of the root ball and slipped them into the pots and filled in spaces with more potting soil. They’ve been watered with vitamin B spiked water and the pot gently pushed into place. Now, if this incessant wind shows a little mercy, they should be fine.