Mixed Border Container Trio for Shade
This collection of containers brings the idea of the mixed border above ground. Like a flower bed planted with a combination of shrubs, perennials and annuals this trio of pots offers interest spring through fall.
The shrub I selected for this combo is Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica). Virginia Sweetspire is a favorite of mine because it is so easy to grow. In summer creamy white plume-like blooms cover the shrub and the fall foliage color is outstanding. Little Henry® is a dwarf variety that matures at three-feet-tall by three-feet-wide&emdash; perfect for containers!
Dolce® Blackcurrant Heuchera is a perennial that will tolerate light shade or a half day of sunshine. Varieties are available with a fantastic array of foliage colors.
Impatiens are a mainstay for adding annual color to shade gardens. The Rockapulco® series of impatiens have a fully double bloom that resembles a rose. The upright habit makes a nice bridge between the low-growing Heuchera and the Virginia Sweetspire.
- 3 pots
- 1 Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire
- 3 Dolce® Blackcurrant Heuchera
- 3 Rockapulco® Rose Impatiens
The plants featured in this article are from Proven Winners®. Visit www.provenwinners.com to find a retailer in your area.