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Monday, May 8, 2017 AnnualsContainer Gardening

Single Color Pots

If you love to garden as much as I do, a springtime trip to your local garden center can make your head spin. There’s color everywhere you look and after a drab winter you just want to grab every flower you can and head to the checkout counter. But, when you get home, you might be disappointed to discover that plants you bought don’t necessarily look that good together.

That’s why I often suggest sticking with one color and building on it by including plants of similar shades and tones. Take the color red, for example. I love red-flowering annuals, but they can vary dramatically in shades as diverse as burgundy and maroon to terra cotta and rust. But, as different as they are, all these shades do blend well together in a container or garden bed.

Then, if you want more variety it’s a simple matter of adding a contrasting or supporting color to the palette with some white, yellow, or blue flowering plants. The result always looks terrific and makes plant shopping a lot easier.

I found an outstanding example of a single color planting on a recent trip to Winter Park, Florida. Flanking the crosswalk was a simple trio of clay pots, each one packed with a slightly different shade of pink petunia.  At first glance, it looks like a pretty simplistic design, yet this combination was so striking you could see it from several blocks away. Plus, because all the petunias have the same growing requirements it made maintenance a snap.

Another single-color container in a nearby garden was equally striking and even more basic. It contained just one variety of calibrachoa, but it produced flowers in two shades of red with only a smidgen of yellow in the center for contrast. That’s all that was needed to make this container take center stage.

Of course, I’m not saying that pots packed with a kaliedoscope of colors aren’t beautiful, too. I just think that you can make a bolder statement in your garden when you choose a favorite color and use it as a base to build on.

Written by:
Doug Jimerson

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