Pretty, easy, drought tolerant containers

pretty late summer containers

Sculptural containers filled with low maintenance plants that you don’t have to water every day: perfect. Everything is kept loose and informal and easy, with simple, classic pale blues paired with soft yellows and white.

The garden bed is filled in with river stones, and the terra-cotta pots are set on top. This would be such a cool solution to a garden bed you haven’t gotten around to yet.

Here’s what I think is in these (Don’t you wish that people would put up little signs with plant lists?): Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’, Zinnia ‘Dreamland’, Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan, Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile), and Thunbergia ‘Alata Sunrise White’.

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drought tolerant containers

pretty, drought tolerant containers

pretty, drought tolerant containers


Garden ideas: intense color combinations

buttterfly weed, coleus, and petunias

Butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa), Petunia ‘Hurrah Velvet’ and Coleus ‘Limelight’

coleus, zinnia, and mist flower

Zinnias, Coleus ‘Watermelon’ and Mint Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum), the world’s most adorable plant.

celosia and zinnia

Celosia ‘Tomato Red’ and Zinnia ‘Profusion Yellow’

bee balm and liatris

Monarda and Liatris again but this time it’s a shocking pink more densely planted.

Pretty, low maintenance perennial combinations

poppies and zinnias

Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’ with Zinnias

All of these are low maintenance, drought tolerant, long blooming, and handle poor or clay soils just fine.

monarda daylilies liatris

Monarda (Bee Balm) with Liatris and Daylilies

echinacea, lyatris, achillea

Echinacea, Liatris, and Alchillea (Yarrow)