This flower container is in a part shade location on my patio. There is a tall Colocasia esculenta (elephant ear) in the centre at the back with enormous leaves. In the middle are some pink double Begonias and Impatiens, while around the edge are some blue trailing Lobelia. These plants like it moist, so they should do well together, although the Colocasia likes the most water of all.
At the back, towering over the other plants is a Colocasia esculenta (elephant ear), with fabulously large leaves. I love the tropical look of the foliage. My plant is only 40 cm (16 in ) tall so far, but each leaf is 28 cm (11 in) long. The veining detail really stands out on a blade of this size. The elephant ear gives a little extra shade for the plants underneath, like a garden under a miniature tree, while it gets to grab a little more sunshine above.
The small rose-like blooms are the apple blossom Impatiens with the sweet double pink flowers. These are terrific plant in a container, because they produce the small perfect flowers all season. They don’t mind the extra shade from the leaves over top, and they don’t like it dry either, so they make a good companion.
The larger rose pink blooms are Begonia ‘Non Stop Pink’. The darker pink petals go well with the impatiens and light blue Lobelia. The double flower form is very showy in a container, with lots of petals per square cm.
These Begonias and Impatiens will keep flowering all summer, but the tender plants won’t be happy when the frost comes in Autumn.
The Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sky Blue’ has already started to cascade down the sides. They’ll soon obscure the sides of the blue pot. This trailing type of lobelia is especially good for tumbling over the edge. I usually get a more compact type, like ‘Riviera Sky Blue’, for my flower beds. It has a mounding shape that works well on the ground. Another light blue lobelia that I favour is ‘Cambridge Blue’, but I never see it available any more. The Lobelia will be the only plant in this container to tolerate the first frosts.
The above photo shows the whole container. If you click to enlarge the the picture, it looks like I have perennial Epimediums growing in the pot, but those are in the garden border behind. :)
In this location, the flower container will get some morning sun, and then some dappled light for the rest of the day. These plants won’t be able to live outdoors in Edmonton after the Fall frosts, but they will brighten the patio until then.When the cold comes, some pansies look great in planters.