Containers forum: What should I plant in this pretty container?

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ssgardener
Jan 9, 2012 4:38 PM CST
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It's about 10 inches across and about 6 inches deep.

I'd like to keep it indoors year-round. What do you think would look good in this container? I was thinking something full and overflowing would be pretty. It'll be in a bright room with a west-facing window and south-facing sliding glass doors.

It has a drainage hole at the bottom, but I'll put some sort an insert in there to improve drainage a bit further.
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valleylynn
Jan 9, 2012 6:59 PM CST

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What an adorable container SSgard.
Do you have any plants available to use? Ones that you already have?
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ssgardener
Jan 9, 2012 7:47 PM CST
Thanks, Lynn! I got it for 10 bucks, which I think was a pretty good deal. Thumbs up

I have 2 different kinds of pothos, peace lilies, mother-in-law's tongue, aloe vera, catci, and English ivy. I have a palm that would be too big for this. I have some herbs, as well.

I'm willing to try anything!
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valleylynn
Jan 9, 2012 8:42 PM CST

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Can you post a photo of the plants? I am such a visual person. Sticking tongue out
For something draping either the pathos or ivy would be lovely for sure. With some in the middle to give a little height.
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AlwaysWeeding
Jan 9, 2012 9:27 PM CST
Force spring bulbs in it.
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valleylynn
Jan 9, 2012 9:46 PM CST

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Oh that would sure be pretty. You could even have the ivy spilling over the sides. What a pretty picture that makes in thoughts.
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GardenQuilts
Feb 11, 2012 3:46 PM CST
Something green and white variegated would be pretty. Spring bulbs like a pink hyacinth or paperwhites may look nice also. If you are keeping it inside, maybe you could plant pretty herbs in it - mint for tea or something?
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2012 4:29 PM CST

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Those are great suggestions Andi. Hurray!
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Dutchlady1
Feb 14, 2012 4:29 AM CST
Petunias would look good.
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kqcrna
Feb 14, 2012 4:39 AM CST
"It has a drainage hole at the bottom, but I'll put some sort an insert in there to improve drainage a bit further."
What sort of insert do you use in such a pot to improve drainage? I looked at similar pots in a store last year (Walmart maybe?) but passed it up because I couldn't tell how much it would drain. It looked as if an oz. or two would drain into the base of the saucer but any more excess water wouldn't spill over. I was thinking it might have to be used as a cachepot.

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ssgardener
Feb 14, 2012 5:15 AM CST
I was also thinking asparagus ferns, or maybe some Wave petunias (I just got the seeds in the mail!).

I'm also considering Euphorbia Diamond Frost. It did unbelievably well last year in our intense heat and humidity! Thumbs up

Karen, there is a drainage hole, but it sits right on top of the saucer. I'm going to put water bottle caps underneath, so there's space between the cup and the saucer.

Hmm... this is probably a good tip for the "Tip of the Day" section! Big Grin
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kqcrna
Feb 14, 2012 5:23 AM CST
I understand. The ones I saw were one piece pot with attached saucer. There was a hole in the pot, but it didn't look like excess water could escape beyond that.

Karen
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chelle
Feb 14, 2012 5:57 AM CST
I had that same container in my cart along with another one - loved it, but chose the other one because of the plants I intended to put in it.

I too, like the idea of some ivy, perhaps a variegated vinca and a smaller container (like maybe a clay pot) set semi-permanently in the middle for seasonal bulbs. When there's no bulbs in it, the draping plants could be arranged to cover the inner container too, or a kalanchoe or other small-sized blooming plant could be set inside it. Lots of potential versatility that way.
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Dutchlady1
Feb 14, 2012 7:22 AM CST
ssgardener said:
Hmm... this is probably a good tip for the "Tip of the Day" section! Big Grin

I agree

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valleylynn
Feb 14, 2012 10:28 AM CST

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Welcome! on the tip.

Another idea. This is a perennial.
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gingerlily
Feb 14, 2012 8:44 PM CST
Personally, I think something with small leaves would look most attractive in it. I think I would lean toward a variegated leaf. I have a succulent, with very, very, tiny leaves, that is tricolor green/white/pink and trails that I think would look super in it. You might think it would blend to much with the cup color, but I really don't thing so, the size of the leaves being so small, seems like it would be dramatic--oversized cup, miniature leaves. And if you wanted more heighth, isn't there a dracena that is pink edged? Or add a haworthia, "Little Zebra Plant" (Haworthia subfasciata). Consider pink ice plant, pink and white portulaca (maybe some yellow too), pink adenium (until it outgrows the cup), miniature variegated ivy.
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valleylynn
Feb 14, 2012 9:13 PM CST

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I love all the ideas, it is amazing what we learn by reading others ideas. Lovey dubby
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Marilyn
Feb 15, 2012 12:16 AM CST
Welcome! Chrysanthy Welcome!

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ssgardener
Feb 15, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Thank you all for your welcome and lovely ideas! I like the idea of something trailing or bushy to balance out the wide opening of the mug.

I'll post a picture with the final plantings when I finally decide on something! Big Grin
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valleylynn
Feb 15, 2012 9:35 AM CST

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Can't wait to see the finished product. Smiling

Chrysanthy, Welcome!
I love your avatar, it is so cute. : )

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