Magazine article Sunset

Tropical Summer Pots in Denver

Magazine article Sunset

Tropical Summer Pots in Denver

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* Lush containers can give an otherwise sedate front porch an exuberant tropical look. The containers shown here were created for a Denver client by landscape designer Bruce de Cameron of Great Gardens Inc. (303/321-4423). They showcase the sweetly fragrant yellow flowers of angel's trumpet (Brugmansia x candida) surrounded by a colorful tapestry of shorter flowers and foliage plants. The containers are set out on the porch in May and continue dazzling passersby long into autumn. During the season, they get about a half-day of full sun and dappled light the rest of the day.

Angel's trumpet is a frost-tender shrub: At season's end, it can be pruned back to a 6-inch stalk, repotted, and over-- wintered indoors in a sunny room for use again next year.

De Cameron used 2-foot square plastic containers. He mixed controlled-release fertilizer into potting soil.


* One 2-gallon Brugmansia x candida

* One 1-gallon Salvia farinacea `Victoria Blue'

* Three 4-inch Coleus x hybridus, assorted leaf colors

* Two 4-inch `Dragon Wing' semperflorens begonia

* One 2-inch Sprenger asparagus (A. …

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