Plant it once and enjoy the color all summer. Sounds too good to be true, but it really is. One container can provide constant color all summer when planted with the right plants and tended to correctly. Grab a container and some potting soil, then plant it with these three non-stop blooming beauties in high-contrast bloom color that will liven up any sunny location all summer.
Three plants will need a medium to large container for adequate room for root growth. Also bear in mind the smaller the container the more frequently you’ll have to water, and even a medium container will need a twice-daily watering during mid-summer.
Fill the container two-thirds full with a good quality potting soil mixture and mix in one-fourth cup of slow release, granulated fertilize. Now for the thriller, spiller and filler.
The angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia) is the thriller of this three-plant container garden. Tall, stately flower spikes reach a height of between one and three feet and bear a successions of blooms in purple, lavender or white throughout the summer. Angelonias love the sun and heat and also make nice cut flowers. The plant can be pruned in late summer to keep it neat-looking and promote even more blooms.
Purple-blooming petunias spilling over the side of the container will carry the color scheme from top to bottom of the planting container. Petunias love full sun and grow exceptionally well in containers. From spring through fall, the petunia blooms will continue to keep the flower color constant in your container.
Dwarf Dahlia Filler
Now for the contrasting filler that should be planted between the angelonias and petunias. Tuck a few dwarf dahlias with pale yellow or white blooms in-between your thriller and spiller to complete the sun-loving, color-filled container that will provide blooms all summer.
Place container in a location that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sun each day. Containers do dry out quicker than in-ground soil, so water once per day during dry weather, twice a day if plants begin to wilt in the summer heat. In regions with mild winters, these three perennial plants may bounce back to life in the spring and provide you with a second year of constant summer color.
Old Farmer’s Almanac