Perennials To Add Dazzle to Your Cool Season Containers

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, and Speaker | Facebook @NormanWinterTheGarden Guy

Perennials for cool season containers may seem like the proverbial horticultural oxymoron but that is exactly what I have been planting the last few days in my zone 8a landscape. My favorite pansy pals are Goldilocks lysimachia, Lemon Coral sedum, Ogon Japanese sweet flag and Burgundy Glow ajuga.

The kicker to all of that is I’m not planting pansies yet but fresh crops of Supertunia Petunias and Superbells calibrachoas. Last year the fall planted petunias and calibrachoas lasted until the floods of mid-summer. I’m exaggerating somewhat on floods but we had more rain than I ever remember. You have to admit nine plus months of blooms is incredible. Believe me though I’ll add pansies and violas in a couple of weeks.

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