Squak Talk Blog

‘Purple Tropics’ – summer container design

Take a trip to the tropics with the dazzling colors and textures featured in this container recipe created for you by the designers at Squak Mt.  Deep purple and burgundy tones are offset by lime green and orange to create contrast that every eye will find irresistible.  The multiple leaf textures also add appeal as your container will abundantly celebrate our hottest summer months.  This recipe will thrive in full sun or partial sun conditions.

All of the plants in our design are grouped together at Squak Mt. to make it quick and easy for you to select them.  Size and number of plants can be adapted for any size pot. The quantities listed here fit a pot approximately 18-22” in diameter. We also have pre-planted containers with this recipe so that you may take them home complete and ready to enjoy. Our friendly staff would be pleased to assist you further as you create bring the ‘Purple Tropics’ to your garden.

  1. Perilla ‘Magilla’ – 1 plant –   Purple and magenta coleus like foliage.  Grows 18-24” high.
  2. Festival Cordyline – 1 plant – Strappy burgundy grass like foliage with a cascading habit can grow 2’-3’ high.
  3. Geranium ‘Indian Dunes’ or ‘Vancouver Centennial’ – 1 plant – Fancy leaf zonal geraniums provide striking color contrasts.  Foliage is bronze with a border of lime green.  Also features bright orange blooms in summer.
  4. Potato Vine ‘Blackie’ – 3 plants – This ipomoea with nearly black foliage gracefully drapes over the edge of containers.
  5. New Guinea Impatiens – 2 plants – See article in this newsletter.  Consider varieties with fuchsia or bright orange blooms.
  6. Coleus ‘Gay’s delight’ – 1 plant – This sun tolerant plant features lime green foliage with black veins.  24-36” high.

We recommend waiting until May before planting summer annuals (such as those featured in this recipe) outdoors in our area.

A diagram of how we recommend laying out your container is available as a printed handout at Squak Mt. today.

The photo taken here is of a recently potted container to give you a better idea of the colors and textures in this design.  The plants will continue to fill the pot out quickly in the days ahead.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *