Winning Combinations

The four plant groupings here, designed by Violet Johnson, owner of Coyote Garden Center, in Morgan Hill, California, use readily available varieties that will flourish in most parts of the country. Each selection is designed for an approximately 12-gallon-capacity pot.

Sun-Loving English Cottage Mix
Water daily and deadhead regularly to encourage bloom. In hot climates, keep out of afternoon sun.

1 Blue marguerite (Felicia amelloides)
1 Coreopsis (C. grandiflora 'Early Sunrise')
1 Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus)
2 Diascia (Diascia hybrid 'Coral Belle')
1 Ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum 'Candy Stripe')
2 Million bells (Calibrachoa 'Terra Cotta')
1 Petunia (P. hybrida 'Double Pink Veined')
1 Scaevola (S. aemula 'Blue Wonder')
3 Silver-edged thyme (Thymus citriodorus 'Argeneus')
3 Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus 'Sweet Lemon Blush')
1 Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum 'Dargan Hill Monarch')

Shade-Loving Mix
Fern should be 5-gallon size. Enrich the soil with an organic fertilizer. Keep moist and protected from wind.
3 Coral bells (Heuchera 'Amethyst Mist')
1 Flowering maple (Abutilon megapotamicum 'Pink')
1 Golden Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
2 Japanese painted fern (Athyrium goeringianum 'Pictum')
1 Tasmanian tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica)

Fragrant White Mix
Add extra perlite to create well-drained soil. Protect from intense afternoon sun.
5 Alyssum (Alyssum 'Snow Crystal')
1 Mock orange (Philadelphus 'Miniature Snowflake')
3 Tobacco plants (Nicotiana alata 'White')

Drought-Tolerant Mix
Add a handful of sand to the soil for extra drainage. Place in full sun.
3 Hens and chicks (Echeveria secunda)
1 Kangaroo paw (Anigzanthos 'Bush gem series "Bush Glow"')
3 Sedum spathulifolium ('Cape Blanco')
2 Sedum spectabile ('Mini Joy')
3 Sedum spurium ('Dragon's Blood')

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