This spring we’ve gone through many green houses in the process of getting ready for our spring flower and garden plantings. There have been numerous planters, containers or whatever you want to call them full of beautiful flowers. Some were for purchase while others were for customers who had brought the container in for replanting. Either way, if one was observant, one would notice that they had three ‘layers’ of plants in their construction.
The most prominent feature was the plant(s) with height, size (big) or boldness . If the planter was to be viewed from all sides, these plants were in the center of the container while if it was to be viewed from only the front, these plants were placed in the rear. Some suggestions for these ‘focal’ point plants include Caladium, Canna, Dracena, Elephant Ears, Geraniums, Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Millet, Ornamental Banana, Perilla, Persian Shield or Purple Fountain Grass.
Planted around or in front of the focal point plants were filler flowering or forage plants that complimented the prominent feature plant(s). Such plants as Asparagus fern, Begonia, Coleus, Dusty Miller, Euphorbias, Gyposphila, Impatients, Lantana, Marigolds, Nemesia or Petunia may be used.
The third ‘layer’ were plants that trailed down the sides of the container. Sample plants include Alyssum, Bacopa, Calabrachoa, Dichondra, Ivy, Lobelia, Lysimachia, Sweet Potato Vine or Vinca.
Hopefully these observations help you decide how and what to plant in your flower containers.
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