Friday, June 10, 2011

Container Gardening-The Perfect Patio Planter

If you are looking for the perfect combination of plants for your container garden then this is the one for you.  This is a planter that I came up with two summers ago. It was the perfect combination and it lasted well into the fall so I have to share!

This design can fit to any planter size.  I used a 16- inch diameter planter the first time around and increased the size to a 20-inch planter for this season.  It is important to use a good lightweight potting mix meant for containers and be sure to have good drainage in the bottom.  For a central focal point I used a wispy Asparagus Fern. Around the fern is an alternating pattern of five potato vines, three purple and two green. In between the fern and potato vines are pockets of various types of coleus.

I liked the combination so much last year that I used the same mix again only switched up the types of coleus for even more color! 
  
This combination will add color and interest to a shady spot under an overhang and will last all summer long. It will be sure to receive lots of attention!

Heuchera & Potato Vine
If you are looking for a patio-hanging planter that does not have to be changed from year to year try using a wire basket with Sphagnum moss and fill it with heuchera (coral bells).  Add a potato vine or some other vine for an added twist.  Your hanging basket will re-bloom year after year without ever having to change it.  I have had this basket now for several years and it is virtually maintenace free except for the watering. 

Happy Gardening!


 
 

4 comments:

  1. Very beautiful combination! they go great together

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  2. Love this post. I love the lively mix of plants. The colors are very interesting and beautiful too. I will give this a try :)

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  3. My green thumb is brown !:( I need you to come down here and do planting for me!! If that's the only way I can get you..enough said!!!LOL!! Love you!

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  4. Gorgeous! I just finished one with potato vine, coleus and petunia. Also, I really like your huechera one!

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