Color-Blocking Containers

A big trend in fashion last year was color-blocking; combining blocks of colors in one article of clothing or outfit. It was a big hit that seems to have carried over to 2012. So I got to thinking, why not color-block containers? The same principles that apply to fashion can be used in the garden. Just plant one color flowers and foliage per container. If you really want to take the idea to heart select a bright container to contrast with your plantings. Or choose a neutral hue for the pot to really make the flowers pop.

All About Blue

Blue is my favorite color for the garden. For harmonious pairings choose other cool colors like green, turquoise and purple. Fuchsia is even a good match. Jazz up blue with contrasting hues like orange and yellow.

In this Container:

  • Proven Winners® Graceful Grasses® Blue Mohawk (Juncus inflexus)
  • Proven Winners® Sweet Caroline Light Green Sweet Potato Vine
  • Proven Winners® Colorblaze™ Alligator Tears Coleus
  • Proven Winners® Decadence ‘Blueberry Sundae’ Baptisia
  • Proven Winners® Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia
  • Proven Winners® Graceful Grasses® Fiber Optic Grass (Scirpus cernus)
  • Proven Winners® Color Spires® Steel Blue Agastasche

Passionate about Purple

Purple is the number one color choice for gardeners. It looks great with orange or chartreuse. Keep it cool with green, fuchsia or varying shades of purple.

In this Container:

  • Proven Winners® Artist® Purple Ageratum
  • Proven Winners® Graceful Grasses® Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’)
  • Proven Winners® Superbells® Plum Calibrachoa
  • Proven Winners® Supertunia® Lavender Skies
  • Proven Winners® Senorita Rosalita® Cleome

Blushing Pink

Pink is a chameleon that can be both warm and cool. Color-block it with yellow, blue or orange. It also looks great with bright green and chartreuse.

In these Containers:

  • Proven Winners® Flying Colors® Trailing Antique Rose Diascia
  • Proven Winners® Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum Petunia
  • Proven Winners® Karalee® Petite Pink Butterfly Flower (Gaura lindheimeri)
  • Proven Winners® Superbena® Pink Parfait Verbena
  • Proven Winners® Molimba® Pink Argyranthemum

9 Responses to Color-Blocking Containers

  1. Robert says:

    Thank you for this. Another great post.

  2. Mary Lynn says:

    Great idea. Going to try it!

  3. Linda L. says:

    It is always appreciated when you name the plants you are using. This year I have gone a little wild with my containers. For the porch, I put together some purples with orange and chartreuse. Then, I purchased two new very large red pots that sit further from my house. They are going to have vegetables in them, plus some yellow flowers. I want to look out the windows and just enjoy those red pots!

  4. Mary Ferson says:

    Just finished painting 3 pots in small, medium & large: lavender, citrus green and hot pink. I bought those tiny sample paints for $3.99 per jar & they look great! I’m still debating what to put in each one as they are going to be by the road near traffic & need to be hardy. Florist suggested lavender and geraniums…..any other suggestions??? I’d especially like some color and lavender is kind of a drab grey.

  5. Joyce Croul says:

    Thank you for the ideas. I love Crystal Palace blue it will go great in the yellow gold hanging pots. Opossite colors fight for attention they are always good eye popers. Try using a color wheel to help get true opposite colors. Joyce

  6. Joyce Croul says:

    Allen in your article about mint? I have some in our lawn edging on the side of a downward slope, also a chocolate mint geranium. Can the geranium be used like the mint? Also have a rose sented granium can it be used like rose petals for jelly? Well I thought I’d ask anyway??? Joyce

  7. Bonnie B says:

    I use natural wood or clay pots for most all plantings as they do not compete with the vibrant colors of the blooms. I do use a lot of cobalt as that color of bloom is not as common. However, do not get the idea that my pots are dull as I use all manner of antique and galvanized buckets that just make the plants look like they volunteered to grow there. I use wood pots, buckets, chicken feeders and even old wheelbarrows. I like the natural look and the flower colors, whether muted or vibrant, steal the show.

  8. kevin says:

    I always use a fabulous clay pot. It seems to breath with the aroma of the plant I planted in the clay pot that is made of clay of course! I have used copper pots but they went to the metal salvage place and I was then able to buy a whole bunch of clay pots that seem to breath with the plant that I planted in the pot that of course is made of clay.

  9. Janey Perry says:

    I need to know how to get rid of white flies….
    They were really bad last summer on my tomato plants and they also moved on to several other plants…
    I have a green house and due to the fact that the door has been opened and left open for a while, I am seeing them flying around in there…I have not put anything in the green house…
    Janey perry

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