More Great Container Combinations of Plants

by Fern on March 11, 2009

in Container Combos

If you’re looking for a few great plants to stick together and make a fabulous looking pot, then I highly suggest you check out my first post on container plant combinations.

But if you need even more ideas, well then you’ve come to the right place! Keep on reading for combos I found in the book Designer Plant Combinations. The book is intended for in-ground gardens, but I’ve selected the combos that feature plants I know will do well in containers.

Yarrow and Allium

The yellow yarrow looks great planted in front of purple-pink allium bulbs. Try ‘Maynard’s Gold’ yarrow and ‘Star of Persia’ allium. In the center front of a pot, plant the yarrow, and then plant plant three allium bulbs in the back-left, back-center, and back-right of the pot. I also love yarrow with dusty miller and larkspur.

Feather Reed Grass and Red Salvia

A super-easy to plant combo is feather reed grass and red salvia. Simply put the grass smack dab in the midle of the pot and surround it with the salvia. Try ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass and ‘Louie’s Orange Delight’ salvia. If you can’t find feather reed grass, Mexican Feather Grass looks somewhat similar and is a good substitute.

Mexican Feather Grass, Shirley Poppy, and Artemisia

The whispy yellow-green of the grass, the silver of the artemisia and the bright pop of pink from the poppy look stunning together. If you can’t find artemisia, try dusty miller. It’s leaves aren’t as finely cut as artemisia, but at least it will still provide the silver foliage.

The Three C’s: Canna, Coleus, and Crotons

If you select the right varieties of each plant, this combo can provide a great punch of tropical color. Try ‘Australia’ canna for its chocolate colored foliage, ‘Rustic Orange’ coleus for it’s soft yellow-orange leaves, and ‘Tortile’ croton for a punch of yellow and green.

Sweet Potato Vine, Russian Sage, and Black Eyed Susan

Look for dwarf varieties of the sage (‘Little Spire’ is a good option) and black eyed susan (try ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’). ‘Marguerite’ sweet potato would look awesome with these plants, it’s lime green foliage would provide a lot of “pop.”

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Nancy Bond March 11, 2009 at 5:57 am

Thanks for the great ideas, as always. :)


invisiblebees March 12, 2009 at 6:03 am

Great inspiration, Fern!

Seeing the Red Salvia with the Feather Reed Grass reminded me of all the great Penstemon possibilities we have here as natives to the Rocky Mtn. Region. Very water wise plants, too!

…The Shirley Poppy is beautiful and love the idea of pairing it with the Mexican feather grass! We have so much sage here in CO, I’m thinking I might mix it up with a trailing houseplant instead — like Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum), String of beads (Senecio rowleyanus) or maybe something like the Teddy Bear Plant( Cyanotis kewensis). A dark black echeveria or aeonium would be gorgeous here, too!

Ohhhh, my creative juices are flowing! Thanks, Fern!


Jacqueline September 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thanks for this post. I’m going to have fun trying these out!

But question — are these all outside plants? I live in Vancouver, Canada, and it can get as cold as -15C in the winter. Hoping you live in a cold a place as I do so I can try your suggestions! ;) Please let me know.


Fern September 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Jacqueline–You could probably grow crotons and coleus inside. Vancouver is a relatively mild climate. I think you guys are zone 8? Many of the plants listed above will survive in your zone. To find out specifics, google the plants name and the words “hardiness zone” to get a better idea. Also, some of the plants listed above are annuals, which means their normal life cycle only lasts one year.


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