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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sun-loving Container Arrangements

I write mostly about the plants in my shade gardens. That's partly because there are very few spots in my garden with any substantial doses of sunshine. But there are some portions and spots that receive a few hours of direct sunlight in the middle of the day. One is the edible garden. One is an outer portion of the front garden. And one was created in the back garden when a very large drake elm was cut down in 2010.

You may recall the two new planting beds I made this spring. I explained  how to make them here in 10 Easy Steps:: Making a Planting Bed. They were both created to take advantage of the sunlight. Along the new pathway, next to one of the new beds, I put together four container arrangements (on each side of the wide pathway) with plants that love the sun.

They sit stair-stepped on a slight slope, leading from the back lanai and patio area,  to the back gardens. Butterflies & pollinators that hang out in the flowers are one of the benefits of flowering plants. All those bright colors and textures make me want to hang out, too.

Here's the list of plants I combined (not all in the same container) :
Angelonia Angustifolia
Blue Salvia 'Mystic Spires'
Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas)
Torenia fournieri
Agastache 'Summer Love'
Creeping Ginny
Purslane (Portulaca)
'Roseglow' Caladium
Vinca (Periwinkle)

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  1. Wonderful, colorful planted containers. The variety is nice. Very tropical and lush.

    Have a great day.


  2. I always think of caladiums as shade plants. They are what I used to put in my window box that was in full shade and they did so well. Obviously they like the sun too.

  3. They look so nice together! I also love the purple sweet potato like that yellowish variety. But i love most your caladiums.

  4. Very nice. I love container!

  5. They look so good you've inspired me to add some to my garden. I love the mix of plants you've used.

  6. What great combos of color and texture!

  7. Beautiful combinations, Meems! I could never recreate something like that. No artistic bone in my body. I'd probably match colors that could give passersby a headache. :-D

  8. Although we have trouble with the 'sun-loving' aspects here in the UK (it's been the wettest & dullest summer on record); containers are still doing well.

    I'm interested in the colours and textures you've used as they can work anywhere. I'll be looking at the alternatives but September is looking pretty good - and sunny. It's good that you have listed the plants as well for future reference as we do have alternatives over here.


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