I like the big, tropical leaves on these variegated plants. They move in the gentlest breeze. They’re dramatic. They’re colorful. They’re relaxing.
What’s not to love?
You may know Heuchera by its common name, coral bells. Heuchera is another investment plant. In containers, it is easy to winter over unless your winter temps go below minus 25 degrees.
|This sweet potato vine will become the spill plant when it matures a bit, and the domed |
huechera plant is both a thrill and a fill plant. Photo: Landscape Design by Lee
|Six varieties of coleus fill this clay pot, which will look only more exotic |
as summer progresses. Photo: White Flower Farms
|Persian Shield and Creeping Jenny share the technicolor spotlight in this |
foliage-only grouping. Photo: la fattina via Garden Pics
|I planted these two faux finished containers with ivy and set them on the edge of |
our property to give some importance to an ordinary bench. Ivy doesn't mind being ignored.
|This Wandering Jew specimen is a variegated |
cultivar called Red and Green.
Photo: Malmbors's Garden Center
In places where winters aren’t harsh, it will return yearly from pots or the ground. Its fleshy stems which sprout pretty 2-inch, purple -- sometimes striped -- leaves, can spill from containers, making it an ideal hanging plant.
It does show small pink flowers mid-season, but these are incidental to its value as a container plant.
Her botanical name is Lysimachia nummularia, but her friends call her Creeping Jenny or Moneywort, and she has lots of friends.
On the ground, she’s a ground cover, but in containers, she’s a spiller. Her small yellow leaves create the perfect contrast to plants with ordinary green leaves.
|My friend Janet really knows her plants. She's clustered two |
types of ferns with a gorgeous begonia on her front steps.
I considered not including this plant because you see it everywhere. The reason it’s so popular is its tropical-like chartreuse or maroon leaves on vines that ramble, filling in spaces on the ground and spilling over the sides of pots.
|Janet likes to embellish her arrangements |
of potted plants with decorative elements
like this angel sculpture. Great idea.
Top photo: Gardenality