Potted Purple&Gold

moekateMay 27, 2009

Hi All,

I'm nearing my college graduation, and am developing a serious gardening bug!

As a newbie-project, I would love to pot some purple/gold (yellow) flowering plants, with the hopes that they may be blooming during my mid-June graduation party.

Does anyone have suggestions on (preferably inexpensive species to start with) pot-able flowering plants that come in purple/gold, and might still be blooming in June? (I was thinking possibly pansies & marigolds but worry that it might be too late in the season?)

Also, soil type information would be very appreciated-- I have an over-abundance of rich, dark, composted manure.

Many thanks!

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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

There is a beautiful purple "Million Bells" that is great in a pot -- gives lots of bloom and cascades over the side. You would have to get smallish marigolds in a rich gold colour to go with this deep purple. I think small variety because the big ones don't usually bloom until later in the summer if the weather stays cool. Pansies would be lovely, but you have to pick off the dead flowers or they will stop blooming. Million Bells don't need deadheading which is why I prefer them to petunias. The rule for pots is: thrillers, fillers and spillers -- spiky plants, fat filler plants and cascading ones. Sounds like a fun project. I'm sure others will have suggestions for 'thriller' plants.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:12PM
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reg_pnw7(WA 7, sunset 4)

You need potting soil in your pots. Not composted manure. Manure is a soil amendment, not a potting medium. Way too rich and will kill your plants.

Million bells and marigolds are excellent suggestions. If you have shade, then impatiens come in purple but not yellow. There are pansies that are purple and yellow, as well as purple, and yellow, and any other color. Mid June should be ok still for pansies.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 11:10AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

How about the Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' flowers Violet blue, foliage golden.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 11:46AM
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I think you should go with green and yellow. Just kidding.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 8:26AM
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