Magazine article Sunset

Container Combos

Magazine article Sunset

Container Combos

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PLANT PICKS

Though plants in pots usually need more water than their counterparts in the ground, there are plenty of unthirsty options too. Garden designers share their favorites.

Mood and attitude

"This is the plant of 2013," says San Francisco nursery owner Flora Grubb of the icy blue powder-covered Echevería cante, right. "I've never seen a plant as iridescent as this one." Here, the succulent shimmers against moody dark foliage-'Cheryl's Shadow' geranium and 'Black Adder' phormium, which add structure in back. The 16-inch-wide container is made of lightweight plastic.

Fireworks, contained

A variegated Aloe arborescens with subtle stripes appears to explode above Sedum 'Lemon Coral' (provenwinners.com) in this 14-inch-high zinc container. "It's the best sedum I've grown," says Jarrod Baumann, who designed the planting. "It stays full and lush and doesn't look ratty, even after it's done blooming."

Design Zeterre Landscape Architecture, Los Altos, CA; zeterre.com.

Tiny treasures

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