Plant selection is one of the keys to planting successful container gardens (see our previous post). Because plants in a container planting must co-exist in the same small environment, it is essential to select plants that have the same light and watering requirements. Before purchasing plants, decide where the container will be displayed so you know whether to choose plants that require full sun, partial shade or shade.
Color is an important consideration in selecting container plants. Traditional container plantings usually feature three colors: one dominant color and one attention-getting “bright” in addition to the green foliage background. Color choice is a matter of personal taste, but eye-catching arrangements can be created in numerous ways:
- Color wheel. Use one primary color (red, yellow or blue) as your main color palette and add a secondary color (purple, orange or green) as a bright, or vice versa. Suggestion: Yellow Bromeliad with orange Reiger Begonia.
- Emotional heat. Combine one hot color (red, yellow, orange) with one cool color (blue, purple, green), or vice versa. Suggestion: Red Petunias with purple Salvia.
- Monochrome. Surprisingly stunning container arrangements can also be created by choosing varying shades of a single color. Suggestion: Burro Tail, Aeonium Echeveria (Succulents) and Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks).
- Confetti. The confetti container arrangements that have become popular in recent years throw color theory to the winds and combine multiple colors in a chaotic riot of color. Suggestion: Geum, Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium), Lobelia and Lisianthus (Eustoma).
To help your plants regenerate and continue growing, check out our pruning tips.
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