Posts Tagged ‘Foliage’

Viola ‘Heartthrob’

(Violet) One look and you will simply fall in love with this little beauty. Viola ‘Heartthrob’ displays showy foliage that will really attract your attention. The beautiful deep green leaves have a contrasting, deep burgundy, central pattern that is eye-catching in containers or in the front of the border. ‘Heartthrob’ is more vigorous than ‘Mars’, is deer resistant, and produces lavender flowers in early spring.


With careful planning and a good understanding of proportion and vigor your container combination’s will be eye catching and demand further examination. Your plants should have similar growth habits so that dominate plants won’t overtake those with much slower growth habits.

It is good to consider the maximum height of your plant in proportion to your container size. Low growing plants in a large tall container may not give the proper proportion you desire. Think thrillers, fillers, and spillers in proportion to your containers. A thriller is the tall center showpiece with medium height fillers around it. Spiller plants will trail down the edges of your container.

Texture is another dimension in container gardening. Texture adds movement and interest to containers. Grasses and lacy foliage are just a few possibilities. Texture will encourage the viewer to want to touch and admire your combination containers.

Plant placement may be determined on how your container will be displayed. Will it be seen from all sides or will it be set against a wall or fence? Your garden center professional is available to help and answer all your questions.


Keep in mind that your beautiful combination containers are really small scale gardens. Healthy plants, good quality potting soil, and fertilizer are great garden starters but with a little tender care your containers will remain healthy and gorgeous all season long.

Observe your containers regularly. Don’t forget to take down your hanging baskets to take a look inside. Some birds seem to think they are great nesting sites! Check the undersides of leaves and stem branches for bugs and insects. Remove any bugs you see and if necessary consult with your local garden retailer with any questions. Clean out any dead foliage to prevent rot and try to avoid excessive wet foliage and poor air movement to keep your plants healthy. Deadheading or cutting off spent flowers will improve the look of your plants and promote developing new flowers.

Most plants tolerate and even benefit from pruning and trimming. As the season progresses more vigorous plants can be trimmed back to blend in better and any untidy growth may be removed. A fresh reshaping of your planter will improve the look of your design and a healthy trim will produce a thicker, more lush new growth. Taller varieties of plants may also benefit from staking to improve the form of your combination containers. With a little TLC you can enjoy a full season of fantastic container gardens!


Graceful Grasses Baby Tut

Are you looking for a great specimen that adds character to your combination planters? You may want to consider Graceful Grasses Baby Tut. Last year I added one plant to the center of my planter and it was beautiful. I choose to plant Petunia Bubblegum, Heuchera ‘Electra’, and then in the fall I added in some asters around it for a striking planter. Baby Tut adds motion and a creative touch you your landscape.

(Umbrella Grass) Graceful Grasses Baby Tut Cyperus provides interesting foliage to your flower gardens. This water garden friendly plant grows well in your landscape also. Plant Baby Tut in a full sun to part shade location to enjoy the beauty of this baby.  Graceful Grasses Baby Tut intermingles well with other plants to fill in the middle ground of a combination planter.