I really like the pinks, lavenders and blues. I like other colors in with them. White is always a good accent color for dark ones. This year I am doing yellow dwarf marigolds. Sort of getting away from the usual. Luciee >>>>>>>>>These are 2 separate pictures.
It really depends for me, around my patio I love the blues and soft colors, out front where it is sunny I like the bright colors. So I guess all of the above would work. Purple and lime green, with bright orange is so fun but I tire of it after awhile.
I like all colors and like to try different combinations with annuals each year. I try to blend the colors with what is growing around them. If I have something turn out that really strikes my fancy, I will take a picture so I can remember it since I have tried so many variations throughout all my gardening years :-)
I am not a pink person. If there is any pink in my yard it is purely by accident. I love the bold yellows, reds, oranges, dark purples. Add white in for contrast and different leaf textures and you just can't go wrong. IMHO.
Other. Too many colors or varieties in one pot is hard on my eyes. I've lately been tending toward grasses or a mass of one plant, perhaps in different shades. Or a speciman plant (harry lauder is on my back deck in a large pot). Cece, I'm with you on the pink thing although I do tolerate it in the yard, particularly the deeper ones.
Purple with small amount of yellow or white. Red, white and blue, well..I guess it depends on which pots, which location and what looks good when I'm plant shopping! I do tend toward deeper colors rather than pastels.
I like changing it up. It's boring to do the same thing every year. There are so many new things to try! I've got lots of different containers and alternate which I'll use depending on what catches my eye. I am becoming more fond of things I don't have to deadhead, though-and I love ornamental grasses.
However, I do almost always tuck a petunia or two in somewhere if I can find the scented ones. I love their soft scent wafting by.
I HATE containers. The plants dry out and die. They grow shriveled and
I have to collect them and clean the pots. Is it worth my time? no...
I have never met a container plant that I fell in love with yet.
Oh well. That is what makes the world go round! LOL
Sher, have you ever tried the moisture control soil or the Terasorb crystals??? I hardly ever clean my containers(sooo bad I know) and def don't collect them after the season, they stay where they are.
It's hot here already so the lettuce tastes too bitter to eat now. I pulled up some red lettuce which is really deep burgundy and some Black seeded Simpson which is kinda chartreuse and placed them in a large pot to enjoy their looks now that I cant eat them any longer. Kinda purdy!
Color, as you know, is a mood setter. We were taught by Charmain over at CCSF to seriously look at color, the combinations, the setting, location, and the mood we're trying to set. If you ever want to look at some beautiful container combinations, go over to Pier 39 in San Francisco. The gardener there has an unlimited budget with which to plant her containers and each year she does a different theme. I do containers for different seasons, so, for instance, Winter time is silver with red and gray with white lining in containers, fall will be more succulents, summer will be more perennials. I will actually go to the nursery and look at the leaf variables, colors and combinations as I'm putting together a container planting. It's so much fun!
I love the contrast of purples and burgundies like Sedum Matrona or Sedum Purple Emperor, or even Sambucus niger, with the frosty blue/greens of lavender, Russian sage and Artemesia Powis Castle. So I'd have to say cool frosty blue with hot purple.
wangxing, can you go over there and take some photos and post here. Im in Texas and I would really like to see that. You could maybe make it into a photo article for the newsletter with your observations. what do you think?
Duh...I'm such a newbie! I thought the question was about the actual containers. I like mine to be terra cotta, so as not to compete with the plant/bloom colors. ;) I think I totally misunderstood the question. I change my vote to pinks and pastels!
My usual preference is for earth colors with softer natural look; but this year I have seen several petunia varieties in particular in deep, dark velvetty colors (some with very unnatural looking contrasting stripes) that are fascinating that I plan to use.
You know, though, when I think about it there is nothing more beautiful than a vibrantly glowing garden filled with azaleas, tulips, daffodils...I guess in their season, I love all colors--just tend to plant my own garden with certain colors.