Containers forum: Trailing blue companion plant for pink wax begonias

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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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Jun 10, 2017 9:50 PM CST
I have two fairly large planters in which I would like to plant pink wax begonias. Looking for trailing blue companion plants to complement them. There is one annual that I have in mind, but can't think of its name. Its a medium blue in color and blooms quite prolifically over a long period of time. The blossom is quite small but lots of blooms per plant and I believe is cascading in nature. Does anyone have any idea of what plant I have in mind. Planters will be placed in dappled shade with morning sun and afternoon shade. Live in zone 5a (NW PA) so summers are usually quite mild - mostly 70's and 80's temps.

Would appreciate any suggestions you might have.
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Name: Frenchy
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Jun 10, 2017 11:31 PM CST
Hi DonfromPA

What about petunias? Like Multiflora Spreading/Trailing Petunia (Petunia Wave® Blue)

It's listed in the database. The pictures there seem more purple than blue to me but everyone sees color differently Sticking tongue out

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Name: Jeanie
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Jun 11, 2017 12:15 AM CST
Probably lobelia. Comes in various shades of blue. Some types are mounding and some are trailing.
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Jun 11, 2017 12:22 AM CST
Yes I'd say Lobelia as well, you can't beat it for a blue trailing bedding plant. It would go well with your begonias.
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Jun 11, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Maybe Bacopa
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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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Jun 11, 2017 6:46 PM CST
Thanks to all for your suggestions. Am leaning toward lobelia - have grown that in the past and liked it - and best of all it is available in this small town in which I live. I'm not sure but I think maybe bacopa is the plant I'm thinking of.

My neighbor in Charlotte, NC grew it, or something similar, in her planters every year and I really liked it. The color was a very pleasing shade of blue - a little lighter perhaps than wedgewood. However, I'm afraid I might not be able to find the plant locally. But I will probably settle on the lobelia if I can find a light blue variety. The ones I've had in the past were dark blue which I don't think would go as well with pink begonias as well as a lighter shade would.

Thanks again for your help. I like the Wave petunias but already have a couple containers with Red ones and want to have a little more variety.
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