Container Gardens with Pizzazz
Gail uses aggressive spreaders like creeping Jenny in pots and hanging baskets where the foliage adds lushness but is kept in bounds.
A welcoming committee of colorful blossoms and foliage flanks a side door. Pots brim with spineless yucca, croton, ageratum, marigolds and coleus; a hanging basket spills over with verbena ‘Bright Eyes’ and Wave petunias.
Grouped containers create a privacy screen for al fresco dining.
Metal orbs give air plants (bromeliads) an unexpected lift.
Follow this three-part plan for lush containers. Begin with a “thriller,” an upright star player such as this calla lily. Next, add in one or two complementary “fillers,” which can include foliage or flowering plants like lantana and geraniums. Finish with a “spiller”—in this case livingstone daisy ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’—that cascades over the edge.
Trees add vertical interest to container gardens; here evergreen podocarpus teams with vinca and petunias. Gail over-winters some trees, but says it’s often cheaper to pot a tree—even if it survives only one season—than to fill a container with annuals.
Moss rose and corkscrew grass make for a whimsical updo.
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