Colorful variety combo
By: Garden Gate staff
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Colorful spring container
The still-chilly temps of late spring are a great time to show off a mix of cool-weather lovers, like the cyclamen, pansy and cape daisy here. These thrive while evening temperatures are still below 60 degrees F. Find fantail willow, also called “Japanese fantail willow,” at the florist. Buy a few branches to accent a combo with height and interesting, gnarled shape. But grow this large shrub in your garden and you’ll have free fresh-cut branches for containers and arrangements. Plus, fantail willow has dark maroon new growth, tropical-looking green summer foliage, which turns bright yellow in fall, and pink buds that mature to fuzzy silver catkins.
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Meet the plants
A – ‘Sekka’ fantail willow (Salix udensis) Shrub; fuzzy silver catkins in winter; full sun to part shade; 10 to 12 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 7, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 7 to 1
B – Harmony™ Deep Rose stock (Matthiola incana) Tender perennial; fragrant magenta single and double blooms in spring; full sun; 6 to 12 in. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1
C – ‘Blue Jacket’ hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) Bulb; fragrant blue in spring; full sun; 6 to 12 in. tall, 3 to 5 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1
D – Cyclamen (Cyclamen hybrid) Bulb; shades of purple, pink, red and white with silver-veined or splotched foliage from late winter to spring; part shade; 6 to 8 in. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1
E – Delta™ Premium Deep Blue with Blotch pansy (Viola hybrid) Perennial treated as annual; dark blue flowers with black splotches from spring to early summer; full sun to part shade; 6 to 8 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1
F – Serenity™ Bronze cape daisy (Osteospermum hybrid) Tender perennial; orange with lavender eyes in spring and fall; full sun to part shade; 10 to 14 in. tall, 14 to 20 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1