Like other designs I've already shown, our Café plantings started with the desire to use one particular plant. In this case it was Euphorbia heterophylla 'Yokoi's White', a variegated form of the often weedy summer poinsettia. To echo its orange center we added Salvia 'Coral Nymph', and Begonia boliviensis 'Santa Cruz Sunset'. The Euphorbia grew very well, and it hurt to have to pull them out in the fall, but we saved one or two for next year.
One of our must successful efforts, or at least the most exuberant, were the hay rack planters hanging on Rose Garden Bridge. Last year we thought the colors were sort of sophisticated and elegant. This year we went in the other direction, and took our inspiration from a photograph of pink and orange party hats that you might see at a child's birthday party. Our pink and orange plants included Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire', Lantana 'Landmark Sunrise Rose' (one of the best!), Gomphrena x 'Pink Zazzle', and a pink Mandevilla. For shock value we added chartreuse sweet potato vine, and Duranta 'Gold Edge', and to bring things down a bit we used Evolvulus 'Blue Daze' and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'.
(Just a reminder that Winter Walk-Off 2015 is going on right now, and all bloggers are welcome to join in.)