Summer Container Gardening

Thursday, July 18, 2013

While out shopping the other day I spotted these colorful container gardens spilling over with beautiful blooms.  They were on a patio in the direct sun in an area where summer temperatures regularly rise into the 90s and evenings are cold.  The flowers featured appear to be happy companions and very resistant to the temperature shifts. 

The wine barrel garden is an excellent example of elegant container garden design.  The tall salvia in the center gives the arrangement height and structure, while the yellow rudbeckia steals the show with bright summer color.  Filler flowers like climbing petunias trail out of the barrel, unifying the design.

The terracotta pot below also had a lovely display of hot summer flowers.  Here, the salvia again forms the center of the arrangement and brings height to the design.  Other colorful flowers fill in the edges, while a light green potato vine drapes over onto the patio.

I am inspired to try some of these flower combinations in my own summer containers and hope you will be too!

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Have a great weekend!


  1. I love container gardening..I've been wanted to snatch up some whiskey barrells for my vegetable garden!
    Love all the flower combinations!

    1. The large barrels are perfect for growing vegetables. I hope to add a few to our yard someday. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Do you know what the tall purple flowers are called in the top picture? Thank you!

    1. I think those are called blue salvia. They are easy to grow in hot dry climates and require very little water. Glad you stopped by to visit!



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