Names of flowers: A = Zonal Geranium, B = Cordyline, C = Licorice Plant, D = Petunia

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Container Garden Recipes: A = Zonal Geranium, B = Cordyline, C = Licorice Plant, D = Petunia

Container Garden Recipes: A = Zonal Geranium, B = Cordyline, C = Licorice Plant, D = Petunia

Container Garden Recipes: A = Zonal Geranium, B = Cordyline, C = Licorice Plant, D = Petunia
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Names of flowers: A = Zonal Geranium, B = Cordyline, C = Licorice Plant, D = Petunia

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An easygoing annual combination can brighten up your patio or deck with just four plants and one container.

Zonal geranium is one of the easiest, most popular annuals used to fill containers.

Aside from deadheading, it doesn’t really require all that much special care.

Average water, when the potting soil gets dry, occasional fertilizing to promote bloom and full sun to partial shade is all that geranium needs to provide months of stunning blooms.

Pair it with annuals with similar requirements, such as licorice plant. It works great in a container such as this one because its wiry stems are neither upright nor hang, but rather they seem to creep out from in between the other plants.

The gray green velvety leaves contrast nicely with the darker green of the other plants.

Hot pink petunia in the front gives a burst of energy to the combination. Remember to fertilize petunia often, as it is a hungry annual and to pinch it back if it begins to get leggy or slows down flower production.

In this container's background, we find a narrow leaf variety of Cordyline. The long green, grass like leaves give height and definition to an otherwise mostly mounded plant combination. It could be substituted with a young dracena.

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