An interesting colour combination for a summer urn

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I love choosing plants each season for the urn I display out front of my home. Last fall I opted for plants in shades of purple and black instead of the typical harvest palette of reds, oranges and yellows. I think I still had that container on the brain when I  started choosing plants for my summer container combo.

For height, I started with a deep maroon-purple shade of elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta). I thought this plant paired nicely with the red-green foliage of Alternanthera ‘Red Threads’. Both of these plants looked really nice when I held them up to the ‘Floramia Nero’ sweet potato vine, with its purple-green foliage. But here’s where I felt I needed a pop of colour. I chose a few ‘Hula Gold’ calibrachoa plants, which promised peach-coloured blooms with red centres. Peach isn’t usually a colour I would gravitate towards – usually I’m all about shades of pink. All in all, I think I chose an unusual colour combo, but somehow it works. What do you think?

Container combo

The sweet potato vine bloomed, adding mauve flowers that mimic the shape of the calibrachoa blooms.

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