The left container is all perennials....Ligularia japonica, Hakonechloa
macra 'Aureola', Hosta 'June', and 'Sweet Tea' heucherella. The middle
container is simply Astilbe 'Delft Lace' and Hosta 'Mighty Mouse'. Those
plants were waiting to go into a small garden to be planted in the fall.
The right hand container is Vinca 'Illumination', purple fountain grass, and
one perennial 'Sweet Tea' heucherella. These containers received only
morning sun to about 11:00. As you enter our property from the highway,
you first see a long 3-1/2 car garage. I use containers between the doors
all the way across.
Nehring in Wisconsin says, "Recently I have been planting many perennials
in containers, alone or with annuals. If you have an area where
you can hold things over winter it can save a lot of money to use some
perennials rather than all annuals in your containers. At the end of the
season, I replant the perennials in a holding bed and the overflow in the black
Here I've used a variety of annual coleus with Hakonechloa grass,
alongside the Heuchera 'Cinnamon Curls' and a potted hydrangea. I often
buy smaller shrubs, growing them in pots for a couple years before moving them
to a more permanent location. Having many things in containers allows me
to fill in vacant spaces in the gardens as well.
The large container is Hosta 'Roy Klehm' along with pieces
of Boston fern. Heuchera 'Caramel' on either side and an annual in the
This was one of my favorites. All perennials: Hosta
'June' and autumn fern, Sedum 'Blue Spruce', Hakonechloa 'All Gold', and Heuchera
This is the north side of the house. I use three large
containers in the corner to achieve height and color. Since no rain gets
into the corner, the containers do better (with much watering of course).
Ligularia, astilbe, hostas, and hakonechloa grasses all do exceptionally well
in containers. I add an impatiens for color.
Taken September 14. A mum plant combined well with the
gorgeous Heucherella 'Copper Cascade'.
This picture is from several years ago when I got carried
away doing a fall display.
The left container is eucalyptus along with the Heuchera 'Cinnamon
Curls' and again the 'Sweet Tea' heucherella, purple fountain grass, and Hedera
helix 'Golden Child', I believe. You may have guessed by now that I got a
good deal on several 'Sweet Tea' heucherella