Carnival: Great Container Combination Ideas

by Fern on February 15, 2010

in Container Combos

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I’ve really enjoyed reading the submissions for our second container gardening carnival, and I know you’ll love reading these posts too. This month I asked for posts about plant combination ideas, and multi-plant container ideas I got!


  • Combining Scents & Colors – Melanie shares how she combines different flowers for beautiful colors and wonderful scents.
  • Romance on Your Patio – Bill shows how you can combine three easy-to-find annuals to make a beautiful container garden.
  • Winter/Early Spring Container Ideas – Noelle posted some photos of containers designed by a friend who is a professional landscape designer.
  • King Tut Meets Bubblegum – Anna shares her gorgeous photos, all depicting different ways to combine a few plants.
  • Shade Sparkler – If you don’t have full sun, check out Paula’s shady container idea featuring fuchsias, begonias, and lobelias.



  • Little Red Wagon O’Succulents – Megan shares photos of a recycled Radio Flyer filled with aeoniums, senecios, aloes, sempervivums, and more!
  • Sensational Succulents – Tennille paired Aloe with a finely cut, trailing succulent as a fun project after that huge East Coast storm.
  • Creative Succulent Gardens – Leslie repurposed bonsai pots to create little vignettes with succulents, rocks, and statues.
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Anna Flowergardengirlâ„¢ February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

Thanks Fern, I was going to do more but something important came up—Love these entries!


Mary C February 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

O.O forest garden… BRILLIANT! Rethinking my veggie strategy for the year…


Lisa February 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

I am so intrigued by flowers that you can eat..nasturtiums sauteed with garlic and lemon…..yum!


Fern February 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Lisa–I’ve never tried Nasturtiums cooked that way, I’ll have to give it a go. I just direct sowed Nasturtium seeds in a bunch of my pots, they’re one of my fav annuals.

Mary–Leonard’s philosophy definitely seems to make sense. It seems like a variation on the “3 Sisters” idea that Native Americans used.

Anna–Thank you for contributing!!!

meryemilymay February 16, 2010 at 5:45 am

fern thank you for the ideas i had the flowers seperate but know i will try to combine them the combination ideas helped me very much


Paula Lovgren February 16, 2010 at 7:07 am

Thanks for including me Fern! So many of my favorite plants here and so many ideas I’m definitely going to try this year. Love to get other gardeners’ take on combining plants because there is always something I haven’t thought of before. Seriously getting excited for spring! Still to far away for me here in the north!


Tennille February 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Hi Fern,

Such a great collection of posts. Thank you so much for including mine. We just had another storm here in NJ but not as big as last week’s. I am so anxious for spring. I can’t wait to get back out on my balcony. I love that you started this blog carnival and wish you the best of luck with it.

Take care,


Leslie February 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hi Fern,

Great post with so many fun ideas! Thanks for including me in the bunch. Love your blog! Leslie


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