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?
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.
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 ...first time in a couple of weeks!)
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.
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. 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.