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ImageDutchlady1
Jun 11, 2010 2:45 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
A friend has a 'built in' container - it's really a raised bed about 3 ft tall and 7 ft wide, which I will re-do for her since it's looking tired.
I plan to plant with Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum) since she needs something that shields her trashcans, and intersperse with Cordyline australis. Then I will need something that trails over the edge to soften it a bit.

Looking for something that stands up well to our heat, is drought tolerant, and preferably with some cheerful leaf or flower. I am thinking about Vinca but any other ideas here?
Thanks!
Imagegardenersdetective
Jun 11, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Hetty, what zone?
ImageDutchlady1
Jun 12, 2010 3:49 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Sorry - my zone - 10a
Imagegardenersdetective
Jun 12, 2010 3:01 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Maybe you will find something you like here.
http://plants.highcountrygardens.com/search?w=zone 10
ImageDutchlady1
Jun 12, 2010 4:16 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Thanks.
ImageKatg
Jun 12, 2010 4:42 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hetty...I really like Vinca. The only problem is that it spreads all over. I had some that lasted so long in pots on the lanai but It actually dropped seeds and started sprouting up between the pavers. So if her raised bed is on a lawn or other dirt...the stuff is going to spread. I think you're probably looking for something that lasts a little longer...how about something like this crazy Indian Frills coleus. This one is nearly covering the pot.

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ImageDutchlady1
Jun 12, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I love the Coleus - but it won't hold up to the sunny and dry conditions, I am sure. We need a 'forever' plant in there... Smiling
ImageKatg
Jun 12, 2010 4:51 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
How about Cuban Oregano? I've had this pot for a couple of years and I just use it to grow trailer for my pots. (Gee...just went outside to take this pic and it started pouring Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! ...first time in a couple of weeks!)

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ImageKatg
Jun 12, 2010 4:52 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Ice plant (baby sunrose) might be good too! It gets little pink flowers!

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ImageDutchlady1
Jun 12, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I like the ice plants and have grown a bunch from cuttings - however I almost never see it for sale. I'll check out that Cuban oregano - that light colored foliage would look sweet with the Natal Plum.

Lucky you to get rain - it has been beastly hot here today.
ImageKatg
Jun 14, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hetty...Lot's of thunder today but no rain! Things are drying up! I have only seen that Cuban oregano 1 time, but I love it!
ImageDutchlady1
Jun 14, 2010 6:09 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Yesterday there was all kinds of rumbling and dark clouds, but we had no rain. Then in the evening I spoke to a friend down the street (1/3 of a mile inland...) and they had rain... go figure Glare
Imagehelenethequeen
Jun 15, 2010 8:14 AM CST
Name: Helene Diener
West Coast of Fl.
http://www.glasshouseworks.com/downers.html

check out these gardens. Helene
Imagegardenersdetective
Jun 15, 2010 7:55 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Helene thanks for posting the link, the gardens are gorgeous. I haven't been able to get my hands on Rex vine yet this year and I have plant envy. Drooling Going to a tropical nursery in two weeks and hope to get some then. Very hard to come by in this area, I forgot to bring mine in last year.

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ImageDutchlady1
Jun 16, 2010 3:45 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh I lovethat vine and so cleverly climbing.

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