A Winning Container Filled With New Coleus, Sedge and Ivy Geranium

It’s hard to pick just one container as a favorite but I would have to say for 2016 summer season this combo mixed with sedge, coleus and geranium is at the top of the list.  It has been an extremely dry and hot summer in Ohio and I due to the fact that I spend most of the beginning of the summer watering I’m still behind on weed pulling and general mulching of the landscapes in my garden. I wish every container could have performed as this tall container on my kitchen garden patio table.  Today I’m having some fun sharing a few plants that are worth taking notice of for your future container gardens.

Tales of a Plant Hoarder

I can’t help myself… especially when there are so many great plants out there like the ones I feature in this combo.

This video is featured on my YouTube page at : Creative Living and Growing With Bren.

Dead Heading Time

One of my favorite tasks to do in the garden is ‘deadhead’.  Deadheading is when you pitch back the expired blooms on plants.  After the dry season we’ve had once the rain came last week everything in the garden had a huge grow spurt!  Most of my containers need cut back or deadheaded so they will look almost as good as the day they were added to the garden.  In the tweet below I shared my coleus being deadheaded.

The Container That On The Patio

This patio is sometimes referred to has my kitchen patio garden facing the northeast.  The area where the container sits only gets sun from around Noon – 3 in the afternoon.  Little watering was required because of the soil and the fertilizer that were added to this container.  I used Promix organic soil and a scoop of Healthy Grow early in the season with cocoa mulch to help hold the moisture.

Container on Patio

Container on Deck : Coleus, Ivy Geranium and Grass

What’s In The Containers

Below are close ups of the tags and what each plant is in the container featured above. I’ve been a fan of coleus for years and this Sun Pineapple Surprise sent to me as a trial plant from Ball Seed is one of my favorites after growing it this summer.  I love the way the lime plays with the burgundy and pinks in the sunlight.

Coleus : trial plant from Ball

Coleus : trial plant from Ball

I keep forgetting that the Sedge is NOT an ornamental grass even though it really looks like one. I’ve growth this plant in years before in full sun and it gets super full.  Back in the  mostly shared garden in the container featured today I love how it provided color and an interest point.

'Red Rooster' Sedge Grass in container

‘Red Rooster’ Sedge Grass in container

It’s not your Grandma’s Ivy Geranium.  Over the past few years I’ve become a huge fan of geraniums mostly because of the unique colors and shapes that are on the market today.  This Great Balls of Fire Merlot Geranium Ivy by HGTV home plants is a keeper and the plant for most any container.  It didn’t over take the container like ivy’s I’ve grown before and the contrast of the blooms next to the green were eye catching.   I have this plant in full sun as well and it seems to like the few hours of afternoon soon better.

Great Balls of Fire Merlot Ivy Geranium by HGTV Home Plants

Great Balls of Fire Merlot Ivy Geranium by HGTV Home Plants

What was your winning plants containers this summer. Did you try new combos or did you keep with the traditional mix. I’d love to hear from you so please comment below so we can connect.

Happy Gardening,


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