The Q&A Archives: Planters

Question: I live in CT and I would like to fill 3 29 In. Aged Charcoal Finish Large Italian Urn for my mom's front yard. Where do I start, what types of plants can i put in, it is a sunny area and I prefer perennials.

Answer: Start with some good potting soil, moisten it and fill each container about two thirds full. Then plant your plants, adding a little soil to fill around the roots of each. Your finished container garden should be about 2 inches below the lip of the container. You can either plant duplicates so both urns look the same, or do two separate collections, one for each urn. Here's what I would plant:
Pot #1?Near the center, start with an ornamental grass for texture. Schizachyrium scoparium ?Blaze? Little Bluestem will grow to about two feet and add verticality and color. Combine several plants of Salvia juriscicii ?Blue? and Salvia officinalis ?Minima?. Along the edge, use one of the Ornamental Oreganos Origanum , Alyssum montanum ?Mountain Gold? or Dwarf Candytuft Iberis sempervirens ?Little Gem? to overhang and soften the edge of the container.

Pot #2?Place a tall plant such as Agastache ?Black Adder? or False Indigo Baptisia australis at the back or center of the pot. Add Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea near the center. Combine Salvia nemerosa ?May Night? with Coral Canyon Twinspur Diascia integerrina ?Coral Canyon? . Near the edge, place Curlicue Sage Artemisia versicolor ?Seafoam? Sundancer Daisy Hymenoxys acaulis ?Sundancer Daisy?.

Enjoy your container garden!

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