Annual Favorites in Containers

lantana geranium

Nice combinations!

Beautiful by themselves, but fabulous together!

1. Lantana & Geraniums: Both are sun loving plants that need 4-6 hours of full sun a day, or perhaps longer in somewhat filtered light. South and west exposures are usually best. Lantana is a colorful, tropical flowering plant which can be upright or trailing. Flowers bloom all season long on 12- to 16-inch stems with dark green foliage, no deadheading or pruning required. Drought-resistant. Geraniums grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. 

2. Dragon Wing Begonias & Sweet Potato Vine 'Blackie': Both thrive in sun to part shade and are warm-season annuals. 'Blackie' has dark purple-black foliage that lends a tropical feel to a container or a garden. It is primarily valued for its spreading and vining growth habit and its deeply cut, lobed leaves. The Dragon Wing Begonia is a very low maintenance begonia. Pink or red flowers bloom on stems that arch over attractive, glossy green or bronze leaves. This plant only looks better as the summer goes on!

 3. Torenia & Florist Hydrangea: Torenia and Florist Hydrangeas both prefer consistent watering and part sun. For best results, place plants in a spot with dappled sun and afternoon shade. Torenia or Wishbone Flower is a compact, trailing plant that doesn't mind blooming in part shade. Choose trumpet-shaped blooms in blue purple, violet, yellow or white. It is a good vining plant for hanging baskets and containers. The Florist Hydrangea is treated as an annual because of its small root system. It is a sought-after, indoor plant with large flower clusters of blue, pink, purple, white or two-toned flower petals. The large flowers are the main attraction with an extended bloom time.