There’s still time to do-up some patio or pathway containers that are not only spectacular, but water-wise too. Look for drought-tolerant plants such as succulents, grasses, and lavenders, and create displays that are as simple as this bottom-of-the-sea inspired combination of echeveria and Oracle Stonecrop (be sure to provide good drainage) or a layered mix of spillers and thrillers. Here are three containers we’re crushing on, along with the “recipe” for each.
What:Inspired by the dark bronze hue of the container (this one’s tinted cast concrete, but a can of spray paint also works wonders), pink and purple tinged plants add depth against silvery accents.
Care:These are sun-loving plants that can take the heat and still bloom like crazy right into fall. In colder zones these will be annuals, while in warmer climates, several are perennial. Water deeply and thoroughly weekly (more often in extreme heat).