Gardens - Container Gardening

A deep-coloured, dramatic container

Christine Hanlon
Photography by
Mark Burstyn

Choose moody shades of purple, plum and black to plant in this sophisticated pot

Rich purples, sultry plums, deep blacks: Combined together in this glossy dark vessel, they read modern and sophisticated. The dramatic mix of purple-black sweet potato vines, velvety petunias and purple salvias intermingled with vibrant lime-green coleus and pale purple verbena offers vivid contrast and high impact.

Tip: For a symmetrical look, try alternating only two plant varieties around  the complete diameter of your container.


Plant list
  • Spike dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • ‘Salsa Purple’ salvia (Salvia splendens ‘Salsa Purple’)
  • ‘Limelight’ coleus (Solenostemon ‘Limelight’)
  • Black Velvet petunia (Petunia ‘Balpevac’)
  • Phantom petunia (Petunia ‘Balpephan’)
  • ‘Blackie’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’)
  • Aztec Magic Silver verbena (Verbena ‘Balazsilma’)


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