I think I must be one of the few gardeners who doesn't put together containers with a mix of plants. I love them when I see them but somehow I never seem to get around to doing them myself. I'm sure that some of my reluctance comes from not knowing what to combine or wondering how — or if — it will thrive.
This summer I ordered a few plants from Avant Gardens in Massachusetts who sell plants at their nursery and on-line. They also have a blog where they posted their plant combos at the beginning of the summer. This week they posted pictures of their top five combos and how they look now. The blog also shows a dozen containers with side-by-side then and now photos, lists of the plants and how they did.
I am seriously thinking of recreating one of these beauties for my garden next year, now that some of the guess-work has been done for me by Avant Gardens. I will need to look for a new pot though, as one of my favorites that would have been perfect for a plant combo, blew over and cracked apart in last Monday night's storm.
Note: Both photos are from Avant Gardens.