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Design CriteriaColor scheme: blue, silver, white, with accents of burgundy and chartreuse Lighting: right pot for full sun with some shade at back right, left pot for partial sun with partial shade/bright shade on the left side Something to “sparkle” as the centerpiece!
Plant Selection used in BothSummer Ruffle hibiscus (for height) (First Editions) Angel Wings Senecio (for drama) Dibs Moonlight begonia Purple Queen tradescantia Lemon Lime heavenly bamboo (Sunset Plants) Diamond Frost euphorbia (Proven Winners) Bondi Blue fanflower to weave color throughout the design Silver Falls Dichondra (Proven Winners)
Plant VariationsWhite tuberous begonia in left pot (shade) – Supertunia Vista Snowdrift (Proven Winners) in right pot (sun) Main Street Rodeo Drive coleus in left pot (shade) – Summer Sunshine germander in right pot (sun)
Stay tuned!I’ll post photos of how this fills in mid- and late-summer so we can see together if the silver begonia scorched or something just looked “off”. Experience has taught me that the fanflower, tradescantia, and annual Euphorbia will always perform well on both sides of the porch. In fact all three of these are great “go to” plants that I use frequently. And although deer literally put their noses to the back door, so far they haven’t explored the front porch so I’m hoping the heavenly bamboo will be safe as they are usually eaten by deer in my garden. All the other plants have proven to be deer resistant although the deer may chomp on a begonia flower if it is somewhere convenient, and I’m testing my friends claims that coleus are not bothered by deer….
Want to Learn More about Container Design?I have several online courses and workshops that you might be interested in. I would recommend Designing Abundant Containers as ideal- you can read the reviews and curriculum here.
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