Here’s yet another great container design from Deanne Fortnam in New Hampshire. Believe me, she’s got dozens more! Of this one she says, “This medley of container plantings is part of a 35-foot-long container border and features one of my old ‘friends’, a lovely standard specimen of ‘Thompsonii’ flowering maple (Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’, USDA Hardiness Zones 8-10), shown in the center of the photograph. This plant gets pruned, repotted and taken indoors under lights every winter and is now in its eighth year here. The base of the plant is softened with ‘Black Scallop’ bugleweed (Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’, Zones 3-9), whose crinkled, purple leaves make a great contrast with the chartreuse leaves of the flowering maple. Directly above and behind the flowering maple is a lovely elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta cv., Zones 8-11). Going counter-clockwise from there is ‘Pretoria’ canna (Canna ‘Pretoria’, Zones 8-11), whose chartreuse variegation and orange flowers coordinate with the colors of the flowering maple, and whose leaf shape provides contrast. Below this is Canna ‘Pink Sunburst’ (Zones 8-11), and at the bottom center is a containerized specimen of ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ lavender (Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’, Zones 7-10) that has also been in my collection for many years. On the right are a few coleus: ‘Trailing Salamander’, ‘El Brighto’ and ‘Amazon’.” Thanks, Deanne!
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