Names of flowers: A = Sweet Potato Vine, B = Geranium, C = Scaveola

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Container Garden Recipes: A = Sweet Potato Vine, B = Geranium, C = Scaveola

Container Garden Recipes: A = Sweet Potato Vine, B = Geranium, C = Scaveola

Container Garden Recipes: A = Sweet Potato Vine, B = Geranium, C = Scaveola
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Names of flowers: A = Sweet Potato Vine, B = Geranium, C = Scaveola

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Two varieties of sweet potato vine take center stage in this combination for part to full sun.

Sweet potato vine has become one of the most popular foliage plants for the edge of containers in the last few years.

It's no wonder, since they grow fast, they provide intense color and they are easy to reproduce by cuttings.

In this container we find two cultivars, "Blackie", a dark purple three lobed variety and a chartreuse green round leaf variety.

Give them good drainage, but don't allow the potting soil to dry, as it stresses the plant and makes it more vulnerable to disease. Don't plant them outdoors while nights are still cool, as they are sensitive to temperatures below 60F.

Feed them at planting with a granular fertilizer mixed in with the potting mix or use one of the new potting mixes with added fertilizer.

Zonal geranium in the background, in a bright coral pink shade and scaveola (fan flower) in the front complete this container. They are both tough summer performers.

Regular watering and fertilizer should keep them virtually disease free all summer long.

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