What’s Hot in Containers This Summer


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One of my favorite colors is purple!

Summer Purples
  • Kara Smith of The Contained Gardener
  • Summer Purples

This summer, I have been planting a more simple design plan. It has been fun using purple in this arrangement – but now you need to think – what color is purple??? There are pink purples (gomphrena) and blue purples (blue salvia) and frankly, I do not think the two different families of purple go well together but it can grow on me!

Here is a list of purples that are working well in pots in the heat

Gomphrena (Buddy and Gnome)
Blue Salvia
Lisianthus (watch over watering)
Vinca (there is some lilac and lavender)
Neurembergia (Purple Robe)


Navajo Salvia
Calibrachoa – does best in morning sun only
Heliotrope Blue (shade)
Lavender – low water

If you want to add another color – try choosing from one of these:

See How These Colors Might POP
  • See How These Colors Might "POP"

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