Designing welcoming containers for sun

It’s that time of year again, when our gazebo overflows with annuals getting acclimated, awaiting a featured spot in one of the many containers that highlight the summer garden. I had a little time this Sunday afternoon to design a couple of the containers that will be placed in our full-sun front garden.

I designed two complementary containers using a combination of flowers and foliage plants. In the 12″ container, I planted

  • Plectranthus ‘Nico’
  • Verbena Superbena® ‘Violet Ice’
  • Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Bone Fish’
  • Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Lion Fish’
  • Calibrachoa Superbells® ‘Pomegranate Punch’
  • Scaevola Surdiva® ‘Light Blue’

The 16″ container includes

  • Plectranthus ‘Nico’
  • Verbena Superbena® ‘Violet Ice’
  • Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Molten Coral’
  • Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Red Coral’
  • Coleus Colorblaze® ‘Alligator Tears’
  • Calibrachoa Superbells® ‘Pomegranate Punch’
  • Petunia Surfinia Summer Double® ‘Pink’ and ‘Rose’



I’m fond of the combination of purple and burgundy in container design, with a splash of magenta thrown in for effect. I’m hoping these containers will serve as a welcoming sight to visitors and passersby alike.

Many of the plants included in these container designs were provided as sample plants from Proven Winners,  Suntory (via Garden Media Group), and Hort Couture. I appreciate the opportunity to try these plants in my garden. I was not required to write about or promote these plants. Some plants may not yet be available to the general public as they are 2014 introductions. All opinions are my own. 

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Christopher Tidrick

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