CONTAINERS/ANNUALS - Spring/Summer

Diggin’ in the Dirt2017

           Signature Gardens 
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Hi Everyone

By early to mid-April it is safe to plant warm season annuals.    Here are a few suggestions for annual color in your garden or in containers.   Any suggestions where the name is in quotes (i.e. 'Profusion'), planting these specific cultivars will yield the best results.   

As mentioned in my Container Crazy!  post, when planting containers, remember you want...
a “thriller” (tall plants), 
a “filler” (plants to fill in the middle), 
and a “spiller” (plants that trail over the edge).  

By far the best container book I've ever had is called Easy Container Gardens by Pamela Crawford. She gives great plant combination ideas, and they all work for our Zone 7/8 climate!  

A suggestion from the April 2011 Southern Living magazine is to first find a foliage plant that you love. Then choose a second foliage plant with complementary hues and contrasting textures.  And finally, add a bloom that pulls it all together.

Some great annuals for summer SUN

Thrillers:          Purple Fountaingrass 
            Ti Plant or Cordyline
            Esperanza (Tecoma Stans)
            Variegated Tapioca (Manihot esculenta)
                          Copperplant
                          Perilla Magilla and Perilla Vanilla 
                          Canna

Fillers:              ‘Profusion’ zinnia or zinnia linearis (Star zinnia)
            Periwinkles/Vinca  ‘Cora’ (plant periwinkles late May, early June)
            Pentas – ‘Graffiti’ or ‘Kaleidoscope’ or 'Butterfly' varieties
            Angelonia ‘Serena’ series
            Begonia 'Cocktail' series
            Melampodium
                           Gomphrena 
            Cosmos
            ‘Intensia’ Phlox
            ‘Dakota Gold’ Helenium
                           Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ (looks great paired with pentas or impatiens)
                           Ornamental peppers
                           Coleus (sun varieties)
                           Croton

Spillers:             Lantana 
                           'Cora Cascade' Periwinkles/Vinca (plant late May, early June)
                           'Wedding Train' Coleus (a.m. sun/p.m. shade)
                           Mecardonia
            Moss Rose (portulaca) or Spanish Moss Rose  or 'Samba' Portulaca
            Purselane
            Sweet Potato Vine (Margarita, Blackie, Ace of Spades, Bewitched,
                                                             Emerald Lace & Midnight Lace)
            Blue Daze
            Verbena tapien or 'Homestead' Verbena
                           Creeping Jenny 
            Sedum 
                           Purple Heart

Annuals for SHADE:
 
Thrillers:           Iresine
            Persian  Shield
            Lemon Lollipop or Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
            Spike or Cordyline
                           Mona Lavender
                           Caladiums (do not plant until soil temps are about 70 degrees)

Fillers:              Impatiens (not New Guinea impatiens)
            Begonias (green leaf)
            Alternanthera (sun or shade)
            Dragonwing Begonias
            Coleus (shade varieties) 
            Oxalis
            Spider Plant (filler/spiller)

Spillers:           'Wedding Train' Coleus
                           Summer Wave Torenia
                          Sweet Potato Vine (see above for varieties)
                          Creeping Jenny
                          Wandering Jew
                          Hemigraphis 
                          Asparagus Fern (filler/spiller)
                          Swedish Ivy 
                         English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Needlepoint,' Glacier,' etc.)

Note:  Avoid getting petunias, geraniums, marigolds, and New Guinea impatiens, no matter how great they look in the nursery.  They just can’t take the summer heat!   Don’t be wooed by flowering snapdragons and alyssum.  They are on their way out; they are cool season annuals that should be planted in the fall.  Petunias and marigolds perform much better if planted in the fall.

Watering:   I know this is contrary to my usual watering recommendations for your garden, but I have found that watering my container plants in the evening helps the plants to perform much better through the summer.

            Scroll down to see pictures and suggestions for container combination plantings.  I hope you give them a try! 

Enjoy your gardens. 

If I can answer any questions, e-mail me at signaturegardens@verizon.net

Toni’s Container Combos:

For SUN:

                       Perilla Magilla
                       Lime Sun Coleus
                       Violet Pentas
                       Lipstick Pentas
                       'Wedding Train' Coleus
                       Creeping Jenny
                       Mecardonia






Canna
Penta 
Periwinkle
Star Zinnia
Sweet Potato Vine












Perilla Magilla
Gomphrena
'Cora' Vinca - punch
Purselane - yellow
Sweet Potato Vine





Variegated Tapioca
Blue Daze





 Purple Fountain Grass
Blackie Sweet Potato Vine
Margarita Sweet Potato Vine





 (foreground)
 'Dakota Gold' Helenium
Moss Rose

(background)
Knock-Out Rose





Angelonia 'Serena' Series - purple
Red or Pink Pentas
'Ace of Spades' Sweet Potato Vine





Angelonia 'Serena' Series - lavender
Cordyline (red)
Sun Coleus (lime green)
'Blackie' Sweet Potato Vine








Purple Fountain Grass
'Chilly Chili' Ornamental Peppers




Esperanza
Verbena tapien (purple)
Creeping Jenny




Esperanza (Tecoma stans)
Perilla Magilla
'Profusion' Zinnias
Spanish Moss Rose


(part sun)

Cordyline (red)
Pentas (violet 'Graffiti')
Sun Coleus (lime green)
Caladium 'Miss Muffet'
'Bewitched' Sweet Potato Vine


(part sun)

Angelonia (purple)
Dragonwing Begonias
Creeping Jenny or Sedum





Angelonia 'Serena' Series (purple)
Penta (red)
Sun Coleus (lime green)
Verbena tapien (purple)
Creeping Jenny







 

Topiary:
Cordyline
Begonia 'Cocktail Gin'
Blue Daze

Lower Containers:
Perilla Magilla
Pentas
Angelonia
Fern Leaf Tansy
Begonia 'Cocktail Gin'
Blue Daze


(Foreground)
Croton
Periwinkle
Star Zinnia
Sweet Potato Vine

(Background)
Sun Coleus
Penta
Star Zinnia
Periwinkle
Sweet Potato Vine


                 
(part sun)

Sun Coleus
Dragonwing Begonia
Penta
Star Zinnia
Sweet Potato Vine


 


More SUN Combos:

Variegated Tapioca
'Cora' periwinkles - deep lavender or punch
Moss Rose - portulaca or Purple Heart

***
Angelonia (purple)
Profusion Zinnia (orange or fire)
Margarita Sweet Potato Vine

***
Angelonia ‘Serena’ Series
Penta – Pink ‘Graffiti’
Summer Wave Torenia – Pink
Purple Heart or Wandering Jew or Hemigraphis          

***
'Bengal Tiger' or 'Pretoria' Canna
Red Dragonwing Begonias
               or
'Tropicana' Canna
Margarita Sweet Potato Vine

***
(part sun)
Spike (dracaena)
Perilla Magilla
Summer Wave Torenia – blue
‘Margarita’ Sweet Potato Vine

***
'Dakota Gold' Helenium
Angelonia ‘Serena’ Series - purple
 Punch 'Cora' vinca - (periwinkles)  or  
Red Penta 'Grafitti' 'Kalaidescope' or 'Butterfly'
Moss Rose

*** 
(part sun)
Red Dragonwing Begonia
Coleus 'Lemon Sunsation'
'Bewitched' Sweet Potato Vine

***
Pentas 'Graffiti' - red or dark pink
Dakota Gold Helenium or Dahlberg Daisy or Melampodium
Purple Heart

***
Cordyline or Ti Plant
Dragonwing Begonia - Pink or Red
Blackie or Bewitched Sweet Potato vine
Silver Licorice plant

***
Cordyline or Ti Plant or Canna
Croton
'Margarita' or 'Emerald Lace' Sweet Potato Vine OR Creeping Jenny


For SHADE:





Assorted Caladiums
Dragonwing Begonia (pink or red)
Creeping Jenny or Swedish Ivy



Cordyline (red)
Dragonwing Begonia (red)
Assorted Coleus
Creeping Jenny


'Diamond Frost'
Euphorbia

Impatiens (or Pentas)

Oxalis (purple)



Impatiens
Caladiums 'White Queen'
Dragonwing Begonias (red)
Caladium (red strapleaf)



Elephant Ear or Caladiums

Dragonwing Begonias (pink or red)

Spider Plant


(hanging basket)

Caladium 'White Queen'
Dragonwing Begonia (red)
Creeping Jenny


Caladium 'Miss Muffet'

'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia 

Impatiens

Summer Wave Torenia (blue)





(great for hanging baskets)



Spider Plant
Purple Oxalis








Caladium 'Carolyn Whorton'
Dragonwing Begonias
Creeping Jenny








Wax Begonia (rose)
Torenia
'Midnight Lace' Sweet Potato Vine
Caladiums:
'Red Flash,' 'Carolyn Whorton,' 'White Queen'










Caladium 'Miss Muffet' and 'Tom Tom'
Shade Coleus
Dragonwing Begonias
Sweet Potato Vine



 


More SHADE Combos:

Iresine ‘Blazin Rose’                          
Dragonwing Begonia – Pink
Penta – Pink ‘Graffiti’ or Pink/purple impatiens
Coleus
Rosebud Caladiums
‘Margarita’ Sweet Potato Vine or Creeping Jenny

***
Persian Shield
Coleus - lime green
Impatiens - pink
Creeping Jenny or Purple Heart or
Sweet Potato vine - 'Margarita,' 'Bewitched,' or 'Emerald Lace'

***
Golden Shrimp Plant -(Lemon Lollipop -pachystachys lutea)
Dragonwing Begonia
Coleus - pink or purple shades or Persian Shield
Summer Wave Torenia - blue
Sweet Potato vine - 'Margarita' or 'Emerald Lace'

***
Persian Shield
Caladium 'White Queen'
Begonias - pink

***
Golden Shrimp Plant - (Lemon Lollipop - pachystachys lutea)
Red Pentas
Lime green coleus
Blue Daze or Blue Torenia
Creeping Jenny

***
Caladiums 'Carolyn Whorton'
Coleus - lime green
Begonias - pink
Summer Wave Torenia - pink

***
Cordyline
Kong Coleus
Pink Begonias
Creeping Jenny

***
Spike (dracaena) or Cordyline
Caladiums (strapleaf)
Dragonwing  Begonia
Creeping Jenny or 'Margarita' or 'Emerald Lace' Sweet Potato Vine



Remember...
A day without dirt under your nails is like a day without sunshine 

Toni :-)