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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:04 — Sarah Martinez
Fabulous containers—flowers optional
Use foliage to jazz up your deck or patio
We just got our latest e-news update from the fine folks at Monrovia. This issue of Plant Savvy reminds us that foliage can be the star of the show too.
Flowering plants look great in a container for a few weeks or months, but when they are done blooming, you’ll either need to replant with something else, or just have a ho-hum container for the rest of the year. Perhaps it’s time to think beyond flowering plants and concentrate on foliage with fascinating texture and color.
Pairing plants with contrasting colored foliage can be even more eye-catching than flowers. Plus, foliage-centric containers become lasting art in your landscape that are easy to care for. No deadheading! You’ll still want to follow basic design techniques when creating a container, using plants that give you height, color and lushness that spills out beyond the container.