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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Container Garden—Foliage for Color
I've had a few disasters putting together variegated foliage into a pot. Too much of a good thing resulted in what I dubbed as variegation-build-up. I can tell when I overdo it—viewing my finished product results in a nauseous-migraine-headache-coming-on feeling. Not good! Now, I use a little more restraint when I utilize foliage for color strength in a container.
This hosta with its distinct variegation is married with the more subtle variegated foliage of the coleus and bacopa. The texture of large bold leaves offset by smaller leaves also made a combination pleasing to the eye.
With little in bloom, you would expect a container to be blah and uninteresting, but this hand-me-down wooden window box popped with a blend of handsome foliage. Here are the ingredients:
- Hosta 'Revolution'
- Joseph's coat (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Partytime')
- Bacopa 'Gold 'n Pearls'
- million bells (Calibrachoa 'Caribbean Sunset')
- coleus (Solenostemon 'Religious Radish')
- spike (Cordyline australis)
by Debbie Teashon