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Cookin Up Combos

In Annuals, Blog, Container gardens, Feature, Summer by Jessie Jacobson9 Comments

Container gardening is what we live for at Tonkadale. Check out two sun, and two shade recipes curated especially for you.  10 plants are featured in each pot- that’s about enough to fill a 12″-14″ container.  Yes! We fill them full with an explosion of color. Mix and match different pallets of the same plant in a pattern that suits you. No two combinations will turn out the same!

Sun Container 1: Let Us Lantana

sun container recipe

  • Geranium “Occold Shield”
  • Lantana “Lucky Pure Gold”
  • Euphorbia “Diamond Frost”
  • Cyperus Grass “Prince Tut”
  • Dorotheanthus “Mezoo Trailing Red”

Sun Container 2: Sun and Senecio

Shade Container recipe

  • Geranium “Rocky Mountain Magenta”
  • Calibrachoa “Aloha Kona Dark Red”
  • Coleus “Solar Sunrise”
  • Alternanthera “Brazilian Red Hots”
  • Dichondra “Silver Falls”
  • Senecio “Angel Wing”
  • Strobilanthus “Persian Shield”

Shade Container 1: So Ferncy

shade container recipe

  • Begonia “Big Rose Bronze Leaf “
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Bromeliad Yellow
  • Peperomia “Ginny”

Shade Container 2: Taste the Rainbow

Shade container recipe

  • Begonia “Nonstop Yellow”
  • Torenia “Yellow Moon”
  • SunPatiens “Compact Purple”
  • SunPatiens “Compact Red”
  • Philodendron “Brazil”
  • Upright Fuchsia “Gartenmeister”
  • Coleus “Solar Sunrise”

Plant plants, it’s important. See you at Tonkadale.



  1. Absolutely adore this article and how everything is set up like a paint-by-numbers! 💕❤

    1. Yes, but if you want it to survive the winter, you’ll need to plant it in the ground in the fall or bury it in leaves/hay/mulch.

  2. Wow it would be hard to chose. They are all gorgeous and I have both sun and shade
    locations. Thank you for showing me the options.

  3. Love your store what perennial is a ground cover that spreads and flowers all summer l have about a 20ft circle would appreciate a answer thank you Marlys

    1. Depends on if it’s for sun or shade. We have several perennial groundcovers that will flower at some point (creeping phlox, vinca, sedum, etc.), but none that will flower all summer.

  4. Do you have a lot of senecio in stock? I love them but they’re hard to find.

    1. We do have some left (at least 20), but they seem to be going fast. Come get them!

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