How to Choose Container Plants Place in the Sun

In the previous blog, Instant Color¸ I talked about adding spring color to your garden with containers and the types of containers available. After you choose your containers, try placing them in several areas to decide the best location for them. Some suggested places for containers are on the steps or along the walkway to your house, next to the doorway and on the patio or deck.

Once you have decided where you want to place your containers, you need to determine how much sun they receive each day. If the container is in the sun for six or more hours a day, you will need to use plants that grow well in the sun. You will need to use plants that prefer shade in containers that receive less than six hours of sun a day.

Here are some suggestions for plant combinations for containers in the sun:

Black and Yellow:

  • A Dracaena at the back of the container for height
  • Several Coleus with black or yellow foliage in front of the Dracaena to provide mid-level color
  • A black-leaved Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea species) in the front on one side of the container where it will drape over the edge
  • A yellow-leaved Sweet Potato Vine in the front on the other side of the container where it will also drape over the edge
  • Purple and Pink:

  • A Coleus with pink or purple tinted foliage and a purple Cat’s Whiskers (Orthosiphon species) towards the back of the container for height
  • A purple trailing Lantana and a silver-leaved thyme in the front of the container to hang over the edges of the container
  • Yellow and Orange:

    • A New Zealand Flax with striped green and yellow leaves in the center of the container for height
    • Several orange Zinnias around the Flax to form a mid-level of color
    • Several yellow Calibrachoas spaced around the edges of the container where they will hang down
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