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Container Gardening Idea

Written by Hilary on June 5th, 2007

This week I thought it would be fun to give a summer container gardening idea.

1. Stipa
(Stipa lessingiana)
Grow 14 to 16 inches (35-40 cm) tall, and 24 to 28 inches (60-70 cm) wide. Wispy, fine-textured grass adds a soft touch to mixed containers or any planting. Heat and drought tolerant.

2. Dichondra
(Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’)
Velvety silver leaves with trailing habit

3. Helenium
(Helenium amarum)
Grows 12 to 14 inches (30 to 35 cm) tall and 15 to 16 inches (38 to 40 cm) wide. Bright golden daisy-like flowers and fine-textured green foliage. Compact mounded habit, making it great for mass plantings or as a border plant. Tough, vigorous plants that do well in high heat, with either high or low humidity, but tolerate cool conditions as well!

4. Ageratum
(Ageratum houstonianium ‘High Tide’)
Forms a dense, mounded hedge of color, growing taller and more vigorously than any other ageratum. Grows 14 to 16 inches (36-41 cm) tall and 12 inches (31 cm) wide. Looks best in full sun with an occasional removal of dead flowers to promote healthy growth

5. Angelonia
(Angelonia angustifolia)
Perennial often grown as an annual. Angelonia looks a little bit like a miniature delphinium. Show 8 inch (20 cm) tall spikes of small, blue, purple, pink or white flowers. Plants grow 1 to 1.5 feet (.30-.46 m) tall and about 1 foot (.30 m) wide. Excellent bedding and container plant; provides long-lasting cut flowers. Easy to grow and likes moist, well-drained soil

For pictures of each plant and their growing tips, plus 15 more container ideas, go to:Container Gardening Ideas


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