May 8, 2017

Which varieties make the best pot thrillers, fillers, and spillers

Sure, you could plant all of your containers with mundane geraniums and boring petunias—but why? This episode will give you several ideas for more thrilling options like a red banana that gets 6 feet tall in one summer, evergreens that can live for years in the same pot, and technicolor coleus cultivars. With our experts recommendations you’ll never have to settle for run-of-the-mill container gardens again.

Expert: Barbara Libner, container garden designer for Ravenna Gardens in Seattle, Washington.

Steve has never met a coleus he didn’t like, including the colorfully named, ‘Big Red Judy’ (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Big Red Judy').

Although accused of having a lot of “boring” plants on her list, Danielle does love the always impressive 'Red Abyssinian' banana (Ensete maurelii 'Red Abyssinian').

One plant that both of our hosts can agree makes a great textural container companion is Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima).

The expert guest on this episode, Barbara Libner often bases her designs around an evergreen like upright yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata').


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