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Gardening: Planting my Container Garden

I got four large galvanised steel planters at Ikea. Today I drilled holes in the bottom and filled each of them with half a bag of red lava rock and potting soil to just below the rim. I've also watered them.

The plants I bought at Annie's Annuals in Richmond are soaking in the bath tub while I decide how to plant them. The colour scheme is pale yellow combined with hot pink and dark purple.

These are the plants I've got: Now to decide how to combine them. Obviously I want the three specimen plants in separate pots. That leaves me with one pot with no centerpiece. That's OK. I'll go for a sort of meadow effect in that container.

Next I don't want flowers of the same colour combined. So, e.g. the yellow hollyhock will not share a pot with the scabious, because they're yellow too. I'm going for contrast.

This is what I've come up with. Feedback welcome.

Pot A
1 Alcea rugosa, yellow
3 Salpiglossis, purple

Pot B
1 Lobelia speciosa, purple
2 Viola 'Etain', yellow

Pot C
1 Ipomoea tricolor, pink
3 Fragaria vesca 'White Delight'
3 Fragaria vesca 'Golden Alexandria'

Pot D
3 Dianthus gratianopolitanus, pink
3 Scabiosa ochroleuca, yellow

Alas, it's now dark so the actual planting will have to wait until tomorrow.
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Aaargh, the Annie's site appears to be down (or at least irritatingly slow) at the moment, but I'm sure they're gorgeous plants! I'm jealous: I still have never been to Annie's. What have I been doing with my life?
I don't know, it's only an hour's drive from you and they have lots of interesting plants. They're not very expensive either. My loot ended up costing just under $100, if I remember right.
OOh, sounds dreamy! I'm jealous... you'll have a wonderful color display that should keep going all summer. SJ has the best weather of anyplace I've EVER lived: just keep things watered and watch them take off! The violas, lobelias, and viola will probably last until mid-June. Some of the others may keep going until early November (my bet is on the Scabiosa for the longest-lived.)
Only the pinks and the viola are flowering now.