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Featuring Colocasia (Elephant Ears)

Featuring Colocasia (Elephant Ears) in a Container Garden

Marie Iannotti
Even the nicest container garden is softened and somehow made more cohesive if there are plants trailing down its sides. Luckily plant breeders have been developing better and better choices of trailing plants. A great trailer for a pot is one with a long season of bloom, that doesn’t need immediate deadheading. Many annuals do better in either cool or warm weather and can be swapped out when the weather changes.

Trailing plants

  • Alternanthera dentata
  • Alyssum
  • Asarina (Chickabiddy)
  • Bidens
  • Brachycome (Swan River Daisy)
  • Calibrachoa (Million bells)
  • Cobea (Cup and Saucer Vine)
  • Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia)
  • Eccremocarpus (Glory Flower)
  • Helichrysum petiolare (Licorice plant)
  • Iberis (Annual Candytuft)
  • Ipomea batatas (Sweet Potato Vine)
  • Ivy geranium (Perlargonium peltatum)
  • Laurentia
  • Lobelia
  • Lotus berthelotii (Parrot's beak)
  • Nasturtium
  • Plectranthus argentatus (Silver plectranthus)
  • Scaevola (Fan Flower)
  • Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan vine)
  • Verbena
  • Vinca
  • Wave Petunias
  • Zinnia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Zinnia)

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