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Containers by Deanne Fortnam, Part 4

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

One last day of awesome containers from Deanne Fortnam! This is one of my personal favorites. Deanne says, “This is another arrangement from my container border. It uses the pizzazz of the complementary contrast between red-violet and yellow-green. The plants in this arrangement are, starting in the lower right corner and moving clockwise, ‘Trailing Garnet Robe’ coleus, golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8), ‘Vancouver Centennial’ geranium (Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial’), ‘Diane’s Gold’ coleus, ‘Mrs. Pollock’ geranium (Pelargonium ‘Mrs. Pollock’), ‘Religious Rutabaga’ coleus, ‘Gardenmeister’ fuchsia, red fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, Zones 8-11), ‘Mahogany Giant’ coleus, and ‘Lemon Meringue’ coleus. The orange arrangement behind this one shows ‘Sedona’ coleus, ‘Mrs. Smallwood’s Drive’ coleus, and ‘German Pearl’ fuchsia.” It’s been a great week, Deanne – you are truly talented. Thanks for sharing your containers with us!

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  1. arboretum 01/28/2011

    What i particularly appreciate in this piece is deanne's color sense. This container and the one behind it- show her understanding that plants in the pink/red/fuschia range- would not work with the strong salmon/rust/ mahogany/yellow palette she employs. She also strikes a good balance between variegated and one color foliage and uses a significant patch of each so that her design is not too busy.
    thanks again deanne,

  2. sheilaschultz 01/28/2011

    Who needs flowers when there are so many plants with colorful leaves available? Another great looking container, Deanne. I am so envious of the vast selection of coleus you have at your disposal... Denver tends to be a bit slow when it comes to new varieties of plant material. Thanks again for a fun week!

  3. paiya 01/28/2011

    Rosy Dawn Gardens ( has an extensive and wonderful range of coleus plants. The prices are good. I have ordered from the nursery for several years and the plants arrive in excellent condition (with a bonus plant).

  4. sheilaschultz 01/28/2011

    Paiya... Thanks for the tip, you're the best!

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