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Name: Krystal
La Vista, NE (Zone 5a)
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kolbyk
Jun 4, 2013 9:04 PM CST
In addition to ripping out as much grass as possible to expand my landscaping, I am obsessed with container combinations. I liked my 2012 containers so much, I planned on recreating a lot of them for this summer.....didn't happen because there are always so many annuals out there to choose from and there seemed to be some availability issues on some annuals. Please disregard the dates on the photos, I didn't set it on the camera.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/3c13be 2012 Deck container in June: Pink Mandavilla, coleus, margarita sweet potato vine, zonal geranium & pink dragon wing begonias. Same container in July: Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/b7690c

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/7997c3 Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/a32018 2012 ivy geranium hanging basket that I added emerald lace sweet potato vine to when I switched it to a 16" hanging basket.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/bc8bb2 2012 fern hanging basket with wandering jew added when switched over to a 16" hanging basket. Wandering Jew is my favorite go-to container annual, since it takes the Nebraska weather, sunny and/or part-sunny sites. Had a heck of a time finding it this year.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/c72979 June 2012, Large planter: House Tropic with pink dragon wing begonias, Kong Pink or Coral, Purple Waves, and Margarita Sweet Potato Vine. Small planter: Purple Angelonia variety, zonal geranium, variegated ivy.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/6307a1 Same planters in July 2012

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/765e74 Portulaca with Wandering Jew....again.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/814f89 This 2012 trio of containers always seems to be the "whatever I have left from my buying sprees" combinations. I don't save the tags, so not sure on the specific names of the annual varieties.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/20b4c1 2012 front door topiary container. I've had this container for about 18 years. They finally got retired this year for something new.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/a7ef70 Here's the 2013 something new at the front door: Cordyline variety in center, with springeri, Kong Rose, variegated ivy, purple verbena variety, Shock Wave Deep Purple.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/ee9206 2013 container in front of "something new": zonal geranium, variegated swedish ivy.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/52893c Here's what they look like by the front door. Much more updated than what was there before.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/3eec1e 2013 other side of front door to balance off the area: variegated geranium with Lysimachia nummularia โ€˜Aureaโ€™ (golden creeping jenny) and wandering jew.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/6d31a4 2012 by garage topiary container that's been around for 18 years.....so, the new containers......
Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/e55355 2013 by garage to balance out front door containers. Cordyline variety in center, zonal 'apple blossom' geranium, springeri fern, purple mosaic verbena, 'Merlin's Magic' coleus (I think), Shock Wave Deep Purple, and the lime yellow "spiller" is new to me this year and I can't for the life of me remember what it's called. Very vibrant against the black/gray container. I have this one stuffed waaaayyyy too much, so we'll see how it holds up when the temperatures get excessively hot.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/436992 2013 hanging baskets that have to take the place of my 2012 ferns with wandering jew. My usual garden center source for wandering jew was out, so I had to switch to the ivy geraniums with sweet potato vine varieties. We'll see. I'm missing the fullness of the ferns already.

Thumb of 2013-06-05/kolbyk/2bda6a 2013 Deck container: basically the same as last year, but switched out the geranium with wave petunias, the coleus variety is different and the sweet potato vine is a "short" version. Interested in seeing how "compact" sweet potato vine can actually be, since they are such monster growers. Love 'em! The light pink wave has already been removed because it was "fighting" with the coleus and dragon wing colors. Drove me nuts.

I haven't taken pictures of the rest of them yet, since I just got done in the past couple days. Hopefully, more to come.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Welcome! Krystal,

What beautiful combinations you have there. This year and last.

Love all the purples and pinks.

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Name: Krystal
La Vista, NE (Zone 5a)
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kolbyk
Jun 4, 2013 9:49 PM CST
Thanks, CDsSister. Every now and then, I have to throw in a bit of coral-salmon-peach because of some "handed down through the family" daylilies I have around. Because it's complementary to the purples, I have yellow daylilies, too, but as close as I can bring myself to yellow in containers is with the limey-green or if it's the variegated ivy. For some reason, I can't bring myself to use yellow flowered annuals. Shrug!
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jun 4, 2013 9:56 PM CST
Welcome! Krystal! Your planters really are pretty!! Lots of good ideas! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Krystal
La Vista, NE (Zone 5a)
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kolbyk
Jun 5, 2013 7:05 AM CST
Thanks, Greg, for the comments and the welcome.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 5, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Those are beauties
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 5, 2013 7:15 AM CST
Welcome to ATP and thank you for sharing your beautiful containers.
They are impressive.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 5, 2013 7:56 PM CST
Yes, Welcome! to ATP; and I know what you mean about repeating plantings in same container one year to the next. I find that once you figure out a winning combination that works both aesthetically and logistically, then time is saved year after year when one knows what is on the shopping list and what to look for. Every year, my autumn planting (only 3 pots ranging in size from large med and small, consists of an evergreen like juniper, kale and holly and a variegated vine or small plant. The accents are the kale and the backgrd is the rest of the plants. No brainer for me.
Name: Krystal
La Vista, NE (Zone 5a)
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kolbyk
Jun 5, 2013 9:27 PM CST
Thanks, everyone for the welcome to ATP. I've been lurking around the daylily forum and database for awhile, but ventured out to the containers forum since that's what's been using up my spare time these past couple weeks.

Jo Ann: I saw your earlier post from March with your possible container combinations. Seems like we are of like "organized and preplanned" combination minds. You created some wonderful combinations...no surprise that I really liked the ones with the purples. I don't buy annuals online (I save that for daylilies and lilies), but I have certain garden center that I "haunt" every couple of days once Mother's Day comes around. That's part of the reason why my containers aren't exactly the same from year to year....never really sure what my sources will have available. Although, that's part of the fun, too.

Caroline: Thanks for using the word, "impressive" Green Grin!

Bev: I'm envious that you do the autumn containers. By the time September rolls around, I'm done with anything that has to do with the exterior of my house, other than cutting back and cleaning up the landscaping. Once school starts, I'm lucky if I remember or have the time or energy to water anything. Sticking tongue out
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 5, 2013 9:40 PM CST
Welcome! Your containers are fabulous. I been working on mine today. Keep us posted we all love to see the progress they make.
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Name: Krystal
La Vista, NE (Zone 5a)
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kolbyk
Jun 5, 2013 10:01 PM CST
Whew, I got more containers done. I can't wait to see them fill out and get "bouffy" (that's a word, right?)

Thumb of 2013-06-06/kolbyk/b6481c This tiered planter is a straight shot view out of my sliding glass door. I like the simplicity of the Bada Boom fibrous begonias and variegated ivy. This variety of begonias has a really large bloom compared to others.

Thumb of 2013-06-06/kolbyk/3cf94c The trio planters leading off my deck. I've never had the best of luck with New Guinea Impatiens, but I couldn't find anything else that tripped my trigger that was relatively cheap and bushy. (Yeah, I said cheap...if my husband only realized how much just planting the containers cost, he would probably have a coronary!)

Thumb of 2013-06-06/kolbyk/25d83f Front side.......Thumb of 2013-06-06/kolbyk/0f4732 Back side.....cause it was blooming.

Thumb of 2013-06-06/kolbyk/df56f9 Patio containers to the left of the above pictures. My dog, Abby, is checking out the Angelonia that is always the backbone of that container. At least she's stopped pulling plants out of the containers. She liked to do that when she was a puppy; now she just steals the empty plastic cell packs.

Will do, springcolor, on the updating. I tend to take a lot of pictures during the summer season.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 5, 2013 11:07 PM CST

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Welcome! Krystal. I sure enjoyed the photo show. Your containers are wonderful.
Aww, it's great to have a dog as a gardening companion. Hi Abby. Hurray!
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 5, 2013 11:42 PM CST
I agree Love Abby! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 6, 2013 2:44 AM CST
Krystal: The winters are long and I enjoy doing the combos at that time
.I am no longer ordering annuals online because I have a great resource here as you do.
I only order RosyDawn coleus. I finally figured out what "sun tolerant" means. It means the coleus wont turn to krispy kritters .It doesnt mean they retain the same colors as in the website.Most will turn red.
I like to change the look from year to year ,using some favorites.
This seaqson has been cooler than normal and I dont know how the coleus will be.

I also bought Sun Friendly neugini impatiens that are not so hot.The variegated leafed one wilts in the sun and the bright red one looks sad after 2 weeks.

Your containers look wonderful.Nice arrangements of different shapes and sized pots.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 6, 2013 1:01 PM CST
Jo Ann, that's too bad Thumbs down Guess you have to try other plants next time, thanks for letting us know!! Thumbs up
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
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Cinta
Jun 27, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Container I made last year out of styrofoam and Goodwill chest set and resale shop glass tiles.

Last year I planted a pink patio rose and it did not survive the winter. Sometime if we have mild winters the mini roses survive. But we had a bad winter so the rose did not make it. This year I planted a mini-Dahalia, coleus, and purple passion vine is in the pot cannot see it yet but I hope by next month it will spread and be the spiller for container. I follow the rule......Thriller, Filler, spiller.
Pot/Thumb of 2013-06-28/Cinta/7ad874

This is the instructions for the styrofoam pot. These are good because you cannot destroy styrofoam.
http://garden.org/ideas/view/Cinta/889/Styrofoam-
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 27, 2013 10:11 PM CST

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That combination of plant colors really look great in that container Cinta. Sorry to hear you lost the rose.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 28, 2013 11:49 AM CST
I may have to try some variation of this one Cinta! Hurray!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
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purpleinopp
Jun 29, 2013 1:12 PM CST
I love combo pots, these are awesome! Well done, and gave me tons of ideas.

Callisia fragrans and repens, Tradescantis fluminensis, wax Begonia.
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Various Begonias, Tradescantia zebrina and fluminensis, Gibasis geniculata.
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Around the pecan tree.
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From the other side.
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Love the pink Syngonium leaves, paired with Begonia.
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Cordyline fruticosa, Dracaena surculosa, Tradescantia zebrina behind. On the table, Tradescantia spathacea, Dracaena sanderiana.
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Hanging succulents, Tradescantia sillamontana, Senecio rowleyanus, 2 creeping Crassulas.
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Little palm with Begonia, Impatiens, Tradescantia zebrina, Alternanthera, Thanksgiving cactus cutting.
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Dracaena 'Janet Craig compacta' with Tradescantia zebrina.
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On the front porch, petunias, pentas, heliotrope. Snaps are taking a break but have bloomed a ton since I put them there early this spring.
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Wax Begonia, some weird ugly Coleus cuttings, Thanksgiving cactus.
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Just took this pic a few weeks ago of this bucket I put together for a friend about a year ago. Very happy on west-facing porch in N FL, and the plants that don't mind being scratching post for kitties are the survivors. He's always anxious to show it to me when I visit. Dracaena marginata, Sansevieria trifasciata, Tradescantia zebrina, Callisia fragrans, Philo heart-leaf.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Jun 30, 2013 4:51 AM CST
Welcome! Krystal! Your pots truely are inspirational. Makes me want to get braver next year. I tend to use lots of coleus because I overwinter the cuttings and they are cheap that way, but you've made me want to branch out more.

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