Sunday, May 5, 2013

Potted Combinations

A pot combo I created in 2011
Nearly all the plants in this container are perennials.  This pot works because it works the color wheel.  The lime green and deep burgundy red is an effective combination.  In retrospect, I would have included more of the coleus 'Religious Radish' (seen in center left of the pot).  I used a huge black plastic nursery pot and real soil mixed with peat and perlite-- this sucker was heavy-- but it also lasted all summer and didn't cry out to be watered everyday in summer. Black can be a very elegant container color, but sitting on a deck with a sunny exposure and filled with fake dirt, it probably would equal plant death for annuals.

In this pot are:

Canna 'Australia'
'Tiger Eyes' Sumac
Panicum 'Heavy Metal'
'Blackie' Sweet Potato
'Dragon Wing' Begonia (2)
Lysimachia 'Gold Coin' (3)
Coleus 'Religious Radish'
Hosta 'Stained Glass'


  1. A striking container, I especially like the Canna.

  2. When I first got the canna, I got a few root pieces from a friend (Dr. Apps)of the hybridizer. Now it is available on the market from Jung's and Brent and Becky's Bulbs.The color is so nice and dark!