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By Pamela Crawford, author, Easy Container Gardens
Photographs by Pamela Crawford

Silvers are hot! Entire plant books are devoted to this unique leaf and flower color. This arrangement, from a private garden in Philadelphia, combines different silvers perfectly. It doesn’t rate a ribbon because not all of the plants last for at least six months. But what a beauty!

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Notice how well the large leaves of the succulent and the two different rex begonias contrast with the tiny leaves of the dichondra ‘Silver Falls.’

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The Plants

Echeveria spp: Two plants from a 6” pot.

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Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’: Six plants from 4” pots.

Rex begonia: Two plants from 6” pots.

Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’: Two plants from 4” pots.

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Light: Light shade.

Season: Plant when temperatures range from 50 to 85 degrees F.

Lifespan: This arrangement is happy in this size pot for about three to four months.

Care: Fertilize on planting day with a slow-release mix. Trim the dichondra when it reaches the ground.

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Water: Water thoroughly when the plants show signs of wilt, or the soil feels dry when you push your fingertip into the potting mix.

Troubleshooting: No problems.

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Planting Plan: Plant the begonias, echeveria, and ‘Diamond Frost’ in the center. Tuck the dichondra in along the edge.

Container: Concrete trough (about 28”L x 10”W x 10”T).

This is an excerpt from Pamela Crawford’s book, Easy Container Gardens, available through Amazon and other online booksellers.

Pamela Crawford, author of 12 gardening books, is considered one of the most accomplished container gardening experts in the country. In addition to designing gardens for over 1500 residences, her work has been featured on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens publications as well as in Southern Living, HGTV Magazine, Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, and in over 300 newspapers. As an expert in her field, she has appeared on the Fine Living Network, GardenSMART, and numerous local tv shows.

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