Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fav Five Container

Purplecontainer If Mae West had been more interested in container gardening than she was of men, she’d be famous for saying, “So many plants, so little time.” When challenged to come up with a few of my favorite container plants, I gave my best West impression and decided it was almost impossible to accomplish. Look. Containers are an empty canvas waiting for us to produce a pleasing combo of marrying a plant to a pot, or committing plant polygamy — layering plants to overflowing into one container.

What I like about this kind of gardening, is growing something I am reluctant to put in the open ground, but wouldn't hesitate to plop into a nice pot, like tender perennials and gorgeous tropical plants. But can’t stop there when there are plenty of hardy shrubs and trees that are fantastic when put in confinement. The versatility of container gardening is only confined to our imaginations. So, for me to just choose five preferred plants for container growing is hard, especially when every year I vow not to plant too many containers, and every year I find myself surrounded by them.  Sigh, I'm incorrigible and always end up with too many, but I love them, every single one. So here I go with five I have used often in the past and will most likely grow again.

Narcissus 'Mon Cherie'

Daffodils, daffodils and more daffodils-no particular cultivar or species, I want to plant them all. I love packing them into a pot for a riot of strappy leaves topped with bright cupped flowers.

Cuphea 'Tiny Mice'

Three blind mice, three blind mice, see how they flower, see how they bloom.  I want to reach down and tickle their little mouse face blossom. However, they're not mousy, they're little charmers and great annuals for containers; pronouncing their name even conjures up cuteness—KOO-fee-uh.

Setcreasea pallida

Anything with purple foliage makes it a favorite by default.  This purple heart adds foliage interest as well as pretty little lavender flowers cradles in its leaves. It is beautiful with or without flowers.

Origanum 'Barbara Tingey'

This ornamental oregano covers a pot, swinging its pink trusses around like a Hollywood hussy, and is one of my favorite hanging basket stars.

Colocasia 'Black Stem' 

This taro plant is an elephant ear I can never forget. I grew them year round when I lived in Hawaii, but only in the ground. Once I found out this moisture lover did great in containers, it felt like a bit of Hawaii came back to me.

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