By: Garden Gate staff
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Punch of red
The Persian buttercup has such bright color and unique blossoms, it almost doesn’t look real! Here, we paired it with simple companions like coral bells, hakonechloa and sweet woodruff. These plants work best because they add contrasting texture but don’t compete for attention with the showy buttercup blooms. Plus, all three can move to the garden later.
A – Coral bells Heuchera ‘Dark Secret’
B – Persian buttercup Ranunculus hybrid
C – Hakonechloa Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
D – Sweet woodruff Galium odoratum
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Wow with spires
Get big impact when you repeat flowering kale! For color that doesn’t distract, we added a “skirt” of 12 violas. Crowding plants as tightly as possible creates a full, lively look — just what you want in a spring container. Set this combo where the afternoon sun will shine through the kale’s creamy white leaves, making them glow.
A – Flowering kale Brassica oleracea ‘Nagoya White’
B – Viola Viola Penny™ Yellow Jump Up
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Extra spring sweetness
This combo’s all about fragrance, from the stock’s spicy carnation scent to the hyacinth’s sweet perfume. Bacopa can stand up to heat, so use it later on in summer plantings, too. But when a light frost is in the forecast, you’ll protect bacopa by moving the container to the garage for the night.
A – Stock Matthiola incana ‘Hot Cakes Mix’
B – Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’
C – Bacopa Sutera cordata Snowstorm® Giant Snowflake®