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.
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.
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.
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. =)
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?
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? =)
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. :)
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! =)
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.
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.
I had not but I will now. Thank you for the suggestion.