June 30, 2011
I do not normally plant mixed containers for my garden and have only had a few since I started gardening. I really prefer to plant one thing in a pot (tree, shrub perennial, annual, whatever), but have lots of different pots. That way I can mix everything together simply by moving the pots around creating a living collage. At work we sell a lot of mixed containers, some we make on the spot, some are put together ahead of time on spec. and others we buy in already done. Earlier this spring I put together a very drought tolerant combo all potted up into a large pedestaled bowl. The centerpiece is a Cornelius Agave (Agave americana 'Cornelius') which is surrounded by three different Sedums - S. rupestre 'Angelina' , S. spurium var. coccineum (Dragon's Blood) and S. reflexum 'Blue Spruce'. I also put in two colors of my new favorite annual, Yubi Portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora). I like the Yubis because of their large flowers, fleshy foliage, hot colors, and for the relentless drought tolerance that all Portulacas seem to have. My only issue with them is that the blooms close up at night and on very cloudy days. Though we have had some rain, I have only watered this pot once since it was planted 5 weeks ago, and I am very pleased with the results.