27 May 2016

A Deep-coloured, Dramatic Container

Plant list
  • Spike dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • ‘Salsa Purple’ salvia (Salvia splendens ‘Salsa Purple’)
  • ‘Limelight’ coleus (Solenostemon ‘Limelight’)
  • Black Velvet petunia (Petunia ‘Balpevac’)
  • Phantom petunia (Petunia ‘Balpephan’)
  • ‘Blackie’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’)
  • Aztec Magic Silver verbena (Verbena ‘Balazsilma’)

Putting it together

Step 1: Select a container with adequate drainage holes and cover with a piece of landscape fabric (available at garden centres) to prevent the soil from washing out of the bottom.

Step 2: Partly fill your container with an all-purpose potting mix that contains fertilizer.

Step 3: Start with the dracaena and salvia in the centre, flanked by coleus on either side, adjusting the soil height so the tops of the root balls are just
below the rim and firm down. Then add the petunias in the front and back of the container, filling in the sides beneath the coleus with sweet potato vines and trailing verbena. 

Step 4: Water well and place in a sunny location.

Planters, HomeSense; plants, Sheridan Nurseries, The Home Depot; watering can, Fresh Home & Garden.

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