Way back when we lived by the beach in San Francisco Todd Holloway, owner of Pot Incorporated stopped by for a visit while on a road trip down the coast with his dog Carl. Dude is so good at not only designing containers, but choosing plant combos to die for. I’ve been thinking about containers lately and Todd really is the master. His photography is so good, too. These are all pictures from Pot Inc’s website. Be sure to click on the pictures for links to see even more amazing shots of different plant combos. I’ve never even grown Calibrachoa before, but just look at it with the Coleus. Love the Euphorbia poking out, too.
I can’t even deal with how good this is. The houseplant party with Croton, Dracaena, Begonia and club moss is just so darn good.
The cheap ass that I am made a crappy version of this out of ten dollar gutters and succulents laying around before these amazing ones came out. I still remember the first time I saw pictures of Leo on Instagram. Drool. Look at all that room to plant stuff! If you’re going to go vertical this is the way to do it.
There he goes using Coleus again and next to the Cannas. I love the Begonias poking out with the silvery spill, too.
Todd’s always been so good with succulent containers. Hell, is there a style he can’t do well? His hanging dishes were made for shoving a bunch of succulents in.
Even houseplants can have fun in his containers.
As a former interiorscaper (person who takes care of commercial houseplants) I approve this planting. Lots of rotating, but you wouldn’t need to go and water more than once every 2 weeks or so. I really like that the ZZ’s are up off the ground. They can get a little wild as they get bigger, so having them higher up where they can let their freak fronds fly is smart. ZZ’s on the ground always irked me since I often had to amputate beat up arms.
I dug up this old Fine Gardening article with a couple recipes for planting amazing containers by Todd. Go check it out for tons more info about how he designs these beautiful beasts and makes sure they stay happy. Pot size matters. All the plant links below go back to Fine Gardening’s site. I used to use their plant pronunciation feature all the time when I was a plant newbie trying to be cool. You can click on all the Latin names and a nice lady says them for you, so you can practice Nicotiana, Aquilegia, Agastache and Kalanchoe in the comfort of your own home.
1. Tropicanna® canna (Canna inidca ‘Phasion’, USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11)
5. ‘Zwartkop’ aeonium (Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, Zones 9–11)
6. ‘Black Magic’ elephant’s ears (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’, Zones 8–11)
7. Lion’s ear (Leonotis leonurus, Zones 10–11)
8. ‘Green on Green’ plectranthus (Plectranthus forsteri ‘Green on Green’, annual)
1. ‘Morning Light’ miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Zones 4–9)
2. ‘Goldsturm’ black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’, Zones 4–9)
3. ‘Blackie’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’, Zone 11)
4. Cigar flower (Cuphea ignea, Zones 10–11)
5. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 4–8)
6. Madness™ Red petunia (Petunia Madness™ Red, annual)
7. Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’, Zones 8–11)
8. ‘Tilt a Whirl’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellaroides ‘Tilt a Whirl’, Zone 11)