Unusual Container Combination

I'm not big on recipes, whether they're for a meal or a planter. And when it comes to creating a combination planter, I like to step away from the quotidian. (Also, I like the way quotidian sounds.) The humongous and well-made Lechuza planter I've had since at least 2011 is one of the most fun to work with because of its size.

Mixing it up in a Lechuza planter.
And because of its size, I left it out last winter without any damage at all. To prepare it for this year, all I did was scoop out the top six inches of soil, remove any plant skeletons, and mix in a good dose of Dr. Earth potting soil.

I also added Growstone Soil Aerator, concentrating it toward the center where I planted a Eucomis pole evansii. Eucomis loves excellent drainage, and this 5-footer is no exception. Just to be sure no water would pool at the base of the plant, I mixed in a bit of Growstone's Gnat Nix. Growstone's products are manufactured with 98% waste materials, replacing strip-mined materials like pumice and perlite, reducing environmental degradation. The product consists largely of recycled glass bottles, allowing for a large amount of waste out of the landfills. I was sent a few different sizes to try this year, and it's really looking good as a drainage improver. When my seedlings were growing indoors, I sprinkled about 1/4" of Gnat Nix around my seedlings, and didn't see any more fungus gnats, which were a real problem through the winter.

I love Colocasia, and this year I've planted a variety called 'Coffee Cups', with dark-hued cup-shaped leaves on a plant that can grow up to five feet tall. I know it's unorthodox to use so many different plants in one planter, but I just can't help myself.

Eucomis pole evansii
The Eucomis could spread out, its leaves eventually covering most of the planter, but until that happens, I've added some color around the edges, including a Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle', which offers a whole new look for Gomphrena.
Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' (photo by Euro American)
Photos I've found of Eucomis pole evansii shows the leaves arching upward. If that's the case, all of the goodies around the edge of the planter will have the opportunity to shine.

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