Let's talk color. Filling an empty container is like an artist with a blank palette. Lots of opportunity for creativity and making it fit your space and personality. I absolutely love using lots of different colors in the container gardens I create. I don’t mean the colors on the flowers, I’m talking about the plants themselves. I like to use plants that fall into these categories: chartreuse, purple, silvery blue and green. It's sometimes a challenge, but I try to mix at least three of these different colors into one container. Take a look at the picture at the end of the blog post and you’ll see the silvery blue dusty miller, chartreuse moneywort and green angelonia and pentas. Also, adding one plant with a variegated leaf adds some interest.
Do give some thought to the color of your container when you are selecting the colors of your plants. If you have a light colored container, you may consider a dark spiller (like purple sweet potato vine) and if you have a dark colored container, you may want to go with a spiller color that will pop (like chartreuse sweet potato vine or moneywort). Same goes for the background to the container, which is typically the color of the house or business. If it is a dark background, I would suggest using bright plants that will show up against the dark and vice versa, if you have a light colored background, you may want to use darker plants so they pop.
Fair warning, all the thought that goes into selecting the right colors adds A LOT of time at the garden center. But we don't mind that do we?