Container Garden Design: A = Elephant Ear, B = Sweet Potato Vine, C = Torenia

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Pictures of Flowers: A = Elephant Ear, B = Sweet Potato Vine, C = Torenia

Pictures of Flowers: A = Elephant Ear, B = Sweet Potato Vine, C = Torenia

Pictures of Flowers: A = Elephant Ear, B = Sweet Potato Vine, C = Torenia
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Elephant Ears can grow HUGE, as this picture proves! Though probably not in a container...

Container Garden Design: A = Elephant Ear, B = Sweet Potato Vine, C = Torenia

Image used under a creative commons licence with the kind permission of Douglas Brown and Flickr

Lush and tropical come to mind when you plant Alocasia (elephant ears) in a large container.

This three-plant combination will light up any part shade area in your garden.

Alocasia grows from a tuber that needs warmth and moisture to start growing.

Wait until night temperatures are around 60F to plant your elephant ears. It can grow two to three feet in one summer. Such a high-impact plant needs to be combined with other plants that don't detract from it.

In this case, bright chartreuse green sweet potato vine fills nearly the rest of the space in the container, cascading down its sides.

In the center, blue torenia accents the combination, adding a touch of color. Remember to pinch back your torenia to keep it full.

All three plants require well-drained, moist soil. Never allow the potting mix to dry out completely. Aside from regular watering, they require very little extra care.

Feed the container once a month with a well-balanced liquid fertilizer. Remember to dig out your elephant ears tubers to store during winter months if you live north of USDA zone 8.Want more? Use the arrows below to see more lovely container garden designs, all with identified plants and care advice.








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