Container Garden Design: A = Perilla, B = Petunia, C = Creeping Jenny

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Pictures of Flowers: A = Perilla, B = Petunia, C = Creeping Jenny

Pictures of Flowers: A = Perilla, B = Petunia, C = Creeping Jenny

Pictures of Flowers: A = Perilla, B = Petunia, C = Creeping Jenny
Another handsome container garden from Daryl Mitchell

Container Garden Design: A = Perilla, B = Petunia, C = Creeping Jenny

Image used under a creative commons licence with the kind permission of Daryl Mitchell and Flickr

A black container makes the chartreuse green color of creeping jenny stand out in a simple three-plant container combination.

Perilla, an herb grown as an annual foliage plant, is also known as Chinese basil or shiso.

The leaves can be harvested. They are used in traditional Asian cooking.

There is some controversy regarding toxicity, though. It looks a lot like coleus, but it’s a relative of mint (Lamiaceae family).

Perilla can grow up to thirty-six inches and their attractive purple foliage makes it a good choice as a background container plant.

It’s a good idea to clip the flowers during summer and just leave a few at the end of season to collect seed from. Be aware that perilla can re-seed itself quite aggressively when allowed to go to seed. Perilla is frost-sensitive, so plant it outside once all danger of frost has passed.

In this container combination, perilla is combined with white edged purple petunia and creeping jenny.

It is an understated color combination, highlighted by the yellow green of the creeping jenny that works well in a black container.Want more? Use the arrows below to see more lovely container garden designs, all with identified plants and care advice.








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