I did a little plant shopping yesterday. I wanted to get my planters looking pretty but this season I wanted it to be as quick and simple as possible because with all my other projects I just don’t feel like I have the time or creative brain-space to dedicate to the task at my normal more complicated level. My 2013 containers are calling for a little black dress.
I have roughly 8-9 pots that I plant up each year and often I match up a few and then do something different for others as they are moved around the garden. Wanting to get in and out of the nursery as quickly as possible though, I found myself honing in on a simple old standby – red geraniums. All the planters (with the exception of one that is already filled with rosemary) are getting overflowing mounds of red geraniums. They will carry me right through the summer with style and all I have to do is pinch back the blooms every so often.
There are few plants (IMO) that can so simply be put anywhere and be a stylish star. I would argue that boxwood is another little back dress plant as well as a nice plume-y grass like Pennisetum ‘Red head’. I can’t think of too many others at the moment…. I’m curious — what do you think qualifies as a little black dress plant? Here is my definition…easy to grow, easy to maintain, looks good all season and everywhere (including in containers), and can completely standalone if needed.
(images by Rochelle Greayer)