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rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9038041

Last fall as a bit of an impulse buy I purchased this very tall, very deep planter a year end sale. I am now wondering what I had in mind those many months ago as I am not sure what to plant in it this coming spring/summer.

I think it needs something very trailing to soften the colour and size of the container...maybe a cascading nasturtium. But then what other upright plant to pair up with the trailer...hmmm.

What do you think?
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
11:23 AM

Post #9038162

You need to include a picture of it.
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9038231

Oops...that's embarrassing. I was sure I had.

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Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9038446

Wow, that's a tall one alright. What is it made of? I think a small leaf, variegated, would look very pretty in it. Something with small lavender, pink, or white flowers. Then of course you need a tall, not real tall, dracena or something like it with some filler around it like some lobelias. Could even have some trailing lobelias along with the first one I suggested.

Oh well, glad it's yours to figure out. Post a picture when you get it planted.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

March 11, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9038472

The previous suggestions are good.
Or you could go dramatic and just seed ornamental corn into it.
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9038487

That would be cool too. That purple Majestic ornamental grass. Can't think of the rest of the name, but like CLScott said, corn.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9038546

How's this? Taken on Cape Cod.

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2012
4:51 PM

Post #9038552

That is stunning, Pirl. Looks like Coleus and two kinds ornamental sweet potatoe. I was going to suggest ornamental sweet potato for the trailer.
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9038558

Good for both of you. Looks great Pirl. Boy, good suggestions you have to work with. Enjoy.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9038712

Thanks. I save all container photos that I like. These two are from White Flower Farm.

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MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9038855

Those are fabulous. I am getting some great ideas. I am going to try a trailing morning glory also. Is your planter in sun or shade?
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #9038877

There are a ton of trailing things. I love nasturtiums but like the morning glories, they take sun. Also there are Aserinas. Had one one year. Aren't they like snap dragons. But, so many. I think the sweet potatoes are the best. I had one in a 4 foot high planter one year and they draped to and all over the floor. And then a few coleus and a dracena for height. That would be a real good pot. Possibly a red dracena. They are real nice. The burgundies.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9039022

Jnette, would you consider tropicals for that container? I was thinking, for height, maybe something like a Mandevilla or Hibiscus tree, or even Lantana, (which would all need good sunlight), then maybe some wave Petunias to cascade around and down the container? (again, if you're going to have the container in the sun). Or, a combo of Naturtiums and Petunias?

Just another idea since I'm not sure how high you want your height. =)
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 12, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9040194

LOL, it isn't my pot. It is rouge21's pot. They just haven't had a chance to jump in here. We all have been so quick to help. LOL Sorry, If it were mine tho Speediebean , I sure would. Jeanette
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
2:29 AM

Post #9040604

Thanks as always for all your suggestions. Given the size of this planter my plan is to position it once in a sunny location. I think I will go with a good trailing nastertium on one side and a sweet potato vine on the other. I would like to have a colourful "Kong" coleus in the middle but can such a plant take a sun location?

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
2:52 AM

Post #9040611

Oh dear Jeanette, I'm so sorry! And Rouge21, I'm sorry too, was having a serious Polish moment last night when I typed that! < =/

Rouge, I'm sorry to say that the Kong Coleus doesn't really tolerate full sun, it really only likes morning sun, but thrives in shade the rest of the time. =( They are gorgeous though, huh? Alabama Sunset is a lovely sun-tolerant Coleus, how's about that one? =)
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
2:58 AM

Post #9040613

No apology necessary speedlebean. I would like this coleus to be able to grow fairly tall and full in this to big planter. Will 'Alabama Sunset' do this?

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
3:14 AM

Post #9040620

Thank you! =) From my understanding (I've not grown them personally), the Alabama Sunset Coleus get about 2' x 2' (H and W). Is that the sort of height you're looking for? I'm sure we've got some members here who've grown it and can give you a better idea of it's dimensions, but I think I've got the average dimensions pretty close. :)
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9040631

2 feet high is just fine.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
3:58 AM

Post #9040633

Wonderful! I would think that in your zone the full sun of summer won't be too harsh on it as well, so I'd guess that it should do really well for you! Keep us posted on how pretty your container grows through the season, I know **I** will want to see it! =)
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 15, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9043705

Rogue21 Have you thought about Silver dicondra falls (SP?) I have a black pot and that spills out like a waterfall and looks really impresive and will reach all the way to the ground by the end of the season.
Alberta Ann
rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #9044198

annabell52 wrote:Rogue21 Have you thought about Silver dicondra falls (SP?) I have a black pot and that spills out like a waterfall and looks really impresive and will reach all the way to the ground by the end of the season.
Alberta Ann


I had not but I will now. Thank you for the suggestion.

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