Pictures of Flowers in Containers: Verbena = A, Bacopa = B, Cordyline = C, Calibrachoa = D, Kiwi Fern Coleus = E
by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)
Pictures of flowers: Verbena = A, Bacopa = B, Cordyline = C, Calibrachoa = D, Kiwi Fern Coleus = E
Container Gardening Flowers: Verbena = A, Bacopa = B, Cordyline = C, Calibrachoa = D, Kiwi Fern Coleus = E
A classic-looking planter, stately and solid looking for a sun to part sun spot in the garden.
Red verbena adds an airy, open look.
A splash of yellow from any other sun to part shade-loving annual, like calibrachoa, and a spot of white in the center, to give the eye space to rest and help blend the two strong primary colors, fill the front of this container.
At the back, to give height, a cultivar like Burgundy Cordyline gives the bright combination in the front a softening, elegant touch.
On either side, you could place Kiwi Fern Coleus, a very unusual-looking annual that can handle either full sun or part shade.
Remember to pinch your coleus back for vigorous, bushy growth. Coleus requires a fair amount of watering, more so on hot days.
Adding water-retaining crystals (hydrogel crystals) to regular potting mix, or using a moisture-retaining potting mix, will help keep coleus at their best if you can't water daily during hot summer days.
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