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A bold container for part shade

By: Garden Gate staff
Vibrant red tones in this container planting add fantastic drama to your garden.

You’ll need an 18-in.-diameter or larger container for this multicolored masterpiece you can grow in part sun to part shade. It features one prominent thriller (the cordyline), one feathery textured filler (the coleus) and two contrasting spillers (the begonia and golden creeping Jenny).

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A) Cordyline (Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’)
Type Tender shrub Blooms Tall, spiky, burgundy red foliage Light Full sun to part shade Size 3 to 4 ft. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide (when grown as an annual) Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

B) Coleus (Solenostemon scutellariodes Flame Thrower™ Chili Pepper)
Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Intricately patterned green, red and purple foliage Light Part sun to part shade Size 12 to 18 in. tall, 16 to 20 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 10 to 12, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

C) Begonia (Begonia boliviensis Santa Cruz)
Type Annual Blooms Glowing red-orange from spring to frost Light Full sun to full shade Size 12 to 16 in. tall, 16 to 20 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1

D) Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) 
Type Perennial Blooms Low-growing, trailing yellow to chartreuse foliage Light Full sun to full shade Size 2 to 4 in. tall, trails to 18 in. Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1

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