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What color combination is your favorite for containers?

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 181 votes:

I like soft colors together. Pinks, lavenders and light blue.
(29 votes, 16%)
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I like yellow and anyother color!
(22 votes, 12%)
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I like purple and lime green!
(31 votes, 17%)
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Anything with red!
(13 votes, 7%)
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Bright primary colors are my favorites.
(44 votes, 24%)
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Other. (tell us!)
(42 votes, 23%)
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Previous Polls

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

100% of voters agree with me at this point! Red/orange and blue. Just no yellow, please.

Nurmo, Finland(Zone 4b)

75% of voters at this point disagree with you.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

I'm plummeting in the polls!

Milwaukee, WI

like them all in different combinatios and in different areas. Also very much into leaf varigation

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

My favorite is red...but I like interesting and unusual combinations too.

Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

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.

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Barbourville, KY(Zone 7a)

White, sometimes relieved by a little more white.

St. Louis County, MO(Zone 5a)

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.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Other. Anything with colour, and no color ;-)


Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

I love any colors of plants and like to mix them all up.

Pittsburg, MO(Zone 6b)

My favorites are my Red, White and Blue garden surrounded this year by yellow for the troops and Veterans. Also my Purple and Gold garden local school colors.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I like all combos...depending on where the container is.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

I like to mix them up. I buy plants without thinking ahead as to what I will put together, throw them in a container and it always looks great!!

Brunswick , GA(Zone 9a)

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 :-)

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

I love any colors in pots. I don't care what they are as long as they live in our heat!

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

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.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

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.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

I hadn't really thought about it, but I do go for primary colors.
The only time i can think of growing soft colors is this one kind of pansy.

Clay Center, KS(Zone 5b)

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.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

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.

Springfield, IL(Zone 6a)

I think all colors are beautiful but tend to like anything bright or deep. I'm not big on pale colors but they can look stunning in the right combination as can white! :)

-South Central-, IL(Zone 6a)

I like coleus with elephant ears. I like sedums, petunias, and lots of other.s.. It's hard to say my favorite.

Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

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

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

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.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

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!

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Purple/ dark with limey green or chartreuse- I have fallen in love with this contrast.

San Francisco, CA

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!

Naples, FL

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.

Madison, AL(Zone 7b)

Many color combinations are my cup of tea.

Cut Bank, MT(Zone 3a)

I like the Primary colors in pots so they can be seen at a distance in the front yard so I voted on that one but elsewhere I have pots of pinks - pastels-mixes and nothing is too wierd.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

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?

Melbourne, FL(Zone 10a)

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!

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Hard to say. My favourites vary from time to time. Generally like strong red and yellow. But I also appreciate a lovely pastel palette.

Lost in the Woods, MO(Zone 6a)

Anything other than "dead brown."

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

Not a fan of pastels most of the time. Yellow for some reason gets old for me.

One of my favorite plantings was some tall glads I did in orange, lime green and fuchsia--sorta like a tropical fruit salad:lol:

I love pure bright orange and a vivid mid blue (like TB Iris Sea Power) together. Love white mixed in as well.

Hinsdale, IL

I like bold designs.

Saluda, SC(Zone 8a)

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.

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