Mandevilla and Coleus Combined for Heat!
A thought crept into my brain that when we have an extra-long cold spring, I tend to plant containers with brightly hued plant combinations. I need to keep track to see if it is true, or if I'm just making quaint stuff up in my head so it sounds more interesting than, "Here's a pot; here's a plant—yawn."
This container is anything but boring. You almost need sunglasses to view this dazzling, nearly-neon combination of red, violet, scarlet, and chartreuse bursting from its terra cotta pot. If you haven't clicked away from here screaming, "My eyes" My eyes!" here is the recipe for this container:
- Mandevilla 'Sunparabeni' (red flowers and green leaves and buds, middle plant in photo right)
- Solenostemon 'Violet Tricolor' (upper right corner in right photo)
- Solenostemon 'Saturn's Rings'
- Solenostemon 'Winter Sun'
- Solenostemon 'Black Beauty'
Do you think this is too much color for the Pacific Northwest, with our quiet colored houses and our sometimes subdued-by-the-rain attitudes? Is this pot better placed next to a sundrenched villa in southern Spain? More importantly, do I ask too many questions?
Solenostemon 'Saturn's Rings'
Solenostemon 'Winter Sun'
Solenostemon 'Black Beauty'