Today’s post is going to be a fun one…for me anyway. Sometimes I get bogged down with all of the horrible pests and diseases that can affect the plants that we adore so much. Or I spend too much time researching GMOs and think about how horrible our industrialized food production model has become. But today, today is going to be great. I want to look at plant combinations for your containers. Oooo-la-la!
I’ve been putting together annual plant combinations for years and it never gets boring. They are so delightful and brimming with excitement. To see a full grown container after it has filled in is a work of art. Of course, many of these combinations are easily duplicated in the ground as well and there’s nothing that says that you can’t mix perennials in too. In fact, if you have extra perennials from dividing them, stick a few in the pot and see what happens…you’re sure to be delighted!
In this container, I’ve used Persian Shield (the tall purple guy in the middle) with two different types of Calibrachoa (Million Bells). I love that these plant combinations all focus attention back on the Persian Shield. The yellow Calibrachoa is just enough to offset the magenta blooms of the more prostrate Calibrachoa.
This container uses purple fountain grass, magenta Calibrachoa and white Bacopa. The Calibrachoa and Bacopa fought it out for most of the season…if they are cut back periodically, they’ll give you a full season of blooms.
Pink and purple Angelonia are highlighted by lavender and white Bacopa. I didn’t design this combo but isn’t it beautiful?
Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’ in the center is accented by yellow Rudbeckia hirta ‘Becky’ and Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’. Who says that parking lot islands can’t be attractive?
Purple coleus and sweet potato vine are offset by pink and white petunias and purple Angelonia. I think this is a gorgeous combination.
This planting ended up being a free-for-all and I decided to include it to show you how aggressive sweet potato vine is in case you didn’t know. Those little red flowers are impatiens and they were crowded out by the sweet potato vine. A little more maintenance keeping the sweet potato vine in check would have gone a long way with this plant combination.
So what are your favorite plant combinations for containers or your borders? Leave me a comment below or e-mail me to let me know. I’d love to post your pictures for other Mid-Atlantic Gardening readers…don’t be shy! Send them in! If you enjoy being part of the Mid-Atlantic Gardening community, join our e-mail list (upper right hand corner of this page), become a fan on Facebook and follow me at Twitter. Happy gardening!