It does me no good to try to convince myself I can stop by my favorite local nursery just to have a look around. I have a feeling you know how it goes! You know it's about to happen when you have that justifying conversation with yourself that goes a little like this, "let's just drop by to see what's new or just to grab a bag of soil or some such excuse ... anything really that confirms the need for entrance."
Step away from the garden center!
Pseuderanthemum, 'Black Varnish'
On one recent drop-by of this nature my favorite nursery worker greeted me with her usual enthusiasm and excitement to show me the new arrivals.
Lysimachia procumbens 'Aurea' Variegated Golden Globes
As she excitedly showed me some new plants she just happened to take the route by a certain sale table. So strategic she is in pointing to the current sale offering 4" pots of what they call "accent plants" that had been marked down to $1 each.
Plectranthus 'Silver Shield'
There were a few specific plants that jumped out at me. Each displaying unique qualities and foliage color. Immediately ... container arrangement designs were dancing in my head. I could see them blending together for a flower-free combination that would require little maintenance.
Still, I walked away. So proud of myself I left that day with the purchases that were on my list and the ones I had intended in the first place.
Yes I did just what you are thinking. I went back the next day to get those few little plants. Just couldn't get them out of my thoughts. (You know you would have done the same thing).
The showy red salvia in three 14" pots in the back garden was beginning to look very leggy and needed to be purged after all. They had been delighting the garden since last October but were ready to be pitched.
I left the potato vine in the pots from the previous arrangements. All new plants in three pots for approximately $20 total. Not too bad (Read: more justification).
I'm not one for matchy-matchy. But in some cases it just makes for better flow. Since these pots are the same style/size and they always stay together wherever I move them about the garden... I keep them arranged with 'like plants'.
I buried some Gingerland caladium bulbs in them (which are just starting to come up) and now they are sitting in a semi-shady spot beyond the pool cage for my constant enjoyment.
Container plants. Can you have too many?