Wa Alley–pot espaliers & cattails
In Provincetown, by far, out favorite spot was the store Wa. Wa is Japanese for harmony. And there isn't anything much more harmonious than the Asian-inspired garden alley alongside the store leading to their formal garden.
Apple espaliers in pots–in pots!
There were some great ideas along the long, square stone path. The first of which we noticed was the apple tree espalier growing along the fence–the trees were growing in pots! Not only that, they were in pots, in the pots. Not sure how long they've been growing there. Also not sure how cold it gets there in the winter. Not sure I could do something like this here in Buffalo. I am partial to espaliers, having a couple of my own, and was intrigued by this method.
Planted in sort of every-day, regular window box type planters, set below grade keep the water & planters hidden from view.
Even with the espaliers stealing most of the attention, on the other side of the narrow walk were cattails. Upon closer inspection, the cattails were growing in long, narrow planters filled with water. The planters were set below the level of the walk, so you couldn't see them. I assume there is an automatic watering system set up–I forgot to look and see if there was. These made a great simple graphic planting along a wall where you would never normally see cattails.