Are you busy planning your container designs for the season? Try bringing some traditional houseplants out into the light. This is a rubber plant (Ficus elastica cv.) I bought cheap at Home Depot a couple of years ago just for my outdoor containers. This is early in the season, so it hasn’t reached its absolute full potential yet, but it was fun to mix it with traditional annuals for a big and bold effect. Lots of houseplants work great as ingredients in mixed outdoor containers, and they love the shade, where it’s hard to find bold container plants. My other favorite is crotons (Codiaeum cvs.). Their wild and wacky colors don’t even need to be mixed with other plants to brighten up a shady spot.
P.S. – Sorry about the email mixup yesterday! I did post a photo for Thursday. It’s here. Enjoy!
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