Now that the last frost is over everywhere, it is time to get planting (if you haven't already started. I happen to be a season-rusher and have been planting flowers since March).
The beautiful zinc-lined garden containers (in photo on right) are from LexingtonGardensNYC.com. They are available in 3 sizes: 8x8 for $45; 9-in. square for $75; and 11-in. square for $130. I wish they came a little larger.
I recently ordered 5 of these from Smith and Hawken (4 medium and 1 large):The medium is 15-in. square and the large is 18-in. They're some kind of fiber material and they look great! I planted shiny Green Gem boxwood in two of them and I think Kimberly ferns (similar to that pictured above) will go in the two destined for the beach (or perhaps pink mandevilla, pictured below, which grows like mad at the beach and attracts hummingbirds!).
I still have a large one up north that I can't decide what to plant because it's in the shade (hydrangea? fern?).