A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

IMG 2739 A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

This peach themed container design works in partial sun and shade, to fully sunny locations, and features a mix of perennial and annual flowers, and shrubs.  In cool climates, only the Roses in this container will last from year to year, but in warm climates the Coleus can be perennial as well. Want to recreate this look?

The Ingredients:

  • 1  Peach ‘Daybreaker’ Floribunda Rose
  • 3 Different Varieties of Coleus
  • 3 Peach Superbells

I chose to contrast the peach of the Roses and Superbells with the bright reds and purples of Coleus, and I think it looks lush and bright, just in time for summer!

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A Begonia and Vinca Vine Container Garden Idea for Partial Shade

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Begonias are great container plants for both the summer and fall seasons.   This recipe is one of of the easiest partial shade designs to make. The quantities listed are designed to work in 24 inch diameter pots, although you can alter your own quanties for your container.

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What You Need:

  • Circle #1:  Two 4-6inch pots of Pink Begonias
  • Circle #2:  Two 4-6 inch pots White Begonias
  • Circle #3:  One Geranium
  • Four to Eight Annual Vinca Vines around the perimeter

Plant the pot according to the chart on the right, and water two to three times a week in warm weather, and once per week in cool weather.

Cool Weather Tips:

If you live in an area with cool fall and winter months where temperatures regularly dip below 40 degrees, bring the begonias and geranium indoors for the winter.

A Potting Mix Recipe for Cacti

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Cacti can be low maintenance dish garden staples, but planting them in a topsoil or potting soil bed will kill the plants in a relatively short time.  Making your own Cactus potting mix is easy with the right material.

What You Need:

  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Perlite
  • Decorative Ground Sand or Pebbles

The Foolproof Recipe:

  • One part perlite
  • One part sand
  • Two parts potting soil
  1. Combine the ingredients either in a gardening pail, or in the container you will be using. The size of the container you are filling will determine the amounts of raw ingredient you need to purchase.

After the plants have been added to the container, sprinkle decorative ground rock and sand across the top to create the look or a desert, and make your plantings visually pop.

Photo Courtesy of:DaveMontPhotography

 

 


A Coleus Container Garden For Partial Shade

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Coleus is a colorful annual that is great for brightening up your shady spots. It comes in dozens of different color variations, and it grows to be quite bushy in only a few weeks, so it makes a wonderful pot filler.

Ingredients:

  • One 24 inch pot
  • 2 Coleus Plants of differing varieties
  • 4-5 Blue Star Creeper plants
  • 4 Brown Faced Pansies
  • 2 Pale Spiked Lobelia

This design uses two varieties of Coleus, ‘Splish Splash’ on the right, and ‘Granny Smith’ on the left, to fill in the background of this container. The foreground of the pot is encircled with delicate ‘Blue Star Creeper,’ which is actually a groundcover that does a great job of filling in any open spaces around the edges. The mid-ground of the container is mixed with wide Brown Faced Pansies, and the delicately blooming Pale Spiked Lobelia.

Mixing Annuals and Perennials:

This idea like many others mixes annuals and perennials, which can allow you to change out the spent annuals seasonally to add fresh and relevant plants to your display every couple of months. Changing just a few flowers with the season can lend you a bit of continuity in your designs while giving you the option of adding fresh colors and textures cheaply depending on what is available in small sizes at your local nursery or grocery store. The Coleus, and Pansies in this pot are annuals, and will not return for you after the fall season – although the Pansies often self seed, and plant themselves in new spots. The the Lobelia is actually a North American native perennial, and will come back for you repeatedly, as will the Blue Star ‘Laurentia,’ which is not native.

Be sure to plant your flowers in a layer of compost or leaf mold, or add a time release fertilizer like  Ozmocote to guarantee fast growth, and lots of healthy blooms.