It's time to start thinking about planting up the assorted containers in the shed. It is always a treat to head off the the garden center with the intention of actually purchasing plants and not trying to sell something. This is a very gray area as I often come home with an unintended treasure or two. I have taken a look at some past pictures of planting schemes just to get some ideas on what might be the perfect combinations for this year. This is a picture of one of the fifteen whiskey barrels that the local garden club plants and cares for during the spring and summer. This was planted for the summer of '05 and includes Pennisetum s. 'Rubrum', Zinnia 'Perfection orange', Coleus'Sedona', Petunia 'Blue Sky', Ipomoea 'Marguerite and Setcresea 'Purple Heart'. They were effective '35 mile per hour' plantings! Here is a nice color combination of Heuchera, sage, campanula and Ipomoea 'Marguerite' A container could also contain evergreens which look nice all season including holiday time.
Here we have a beautiful gray green container filled with succulents. Good for a sunny spot. I'm not sure what will develop this yearfor my containers. I am thinking of a couple filled with five or more different types of coleus. Once they are planted and filled out, I will post pictures and you can be the judge!