A 16-inch square pot con- tains blue-green Euphorbia polychroma; ‘Rustic Orange’ coleus; and pheasant’s-tail grass (Anemanthele lessoni- ana); medium green Lysima- chia nummularia and lime green L. n. ‘Goldilocks’ tumble down the sides.
Other popular container colors and plants we like in them:
CHOCOLATE BROWN POT. ‘Japanese Bishop’ dahlia (bright red flowers, bronze-brown foli- age); chartreuse Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’; ‘Tequila Sunrise’ coprosma; black canna (leaves are the color of milk chocolate).
LIME GREEN POT. Refreshing with Sedum ‘Angelina’ (char- treuse); basil (green and ‘Dark Opal’); Solenostemon (especially Kong series); leaf lettuce (mix); Scotch moss.
Blue and white pots, with cooling sprays of sweet alyssum, refresh the summer garden.
A fun way to start a container garden is to choose the pot first, in a color you like (ideally, one that pairs well with your outdoor furni- ture and paint colors). Then buy plants that match or contrast with it. The pot pictured suggests a beachy theme.
ACCENT. ‘Sonata White' cosmos has ferny foliage and snowy white blooms all summer long. It grows about 2 feet tall; plant it in back.
TRAILER. Variegated Helichrysum petiolare has blue in its leaves, and stems that trail to 4 feet long; let it cascade over pot edges.
MOUND. ‘Diamond Frost' euphorbia forms delicate, airy mounds of small white flowers that look like snowflakes; grows 12–18 inches tall.
Drop blooming annuals from 4-inch nursery pots into pretty ceramic containers (cachepots) for an instant tabletop arrangement.