This put up is finished in partnership with Ball Horticultural, which not solely produces superb vegetation, but in addition throws a imply occasion. Thanks a lot to Ball for a superb night time.

If you happen to ever questioned what number of container combos might be made with a dozen or so plant choices, I can supply a solution: Far more than you may suppose.

It’s an attention-grabbing perception into how gardeners’ tastes differ and the way what we do with vegetation will all the time be particular to our personal tastes and preferences. 

Group of gardeners holding containers they designed

The potting occasion visitors exhibit their creations.

I had the chance to “analysis” the subject of container gardening just lately when Ball Horticultural (family-owned, woman-run, worldwide horticultural firm answerable for among the gardening manufacturers you understand nicely like Wave Gardening, Beacon Impatiens, Burpee House Gardens and extra) requested me to ask a few of my native gardening followers for a potting occasion. Principally, they threw a gardeners’ dream occasion for a bunch of plant nuts.

There was tasty meals, a superb cucumber-watermelon mojito (or a mocktail model) and pleasant of us throughout, however the spotlight was the prospect to dig into the load of vegetation, together with some new releases for subsequent yr, and have each visitor create their very own dream container. 


The Ball staff introduced an a terrific collection of vegetation for partiers to select from, with a deal with vegetation that includes the Pantone Coloration of the 12 months Viva Magenta, reminiscent of Sombrero Poco Scorching Pink Echinacea from Darwin Perennials, or the vegetation which might be simple in your pocketbook and can final the entire summer season, reminiscent of Hula Begonia from PanAmerican Seed. The Jurassic Rex begonias had been completely beautiful, and, because the Ball staff identified, make nice houseplants which might be extra attention-grabbing than your common inexperienced plant. 

Among the vegetation party-goers had been in a position to select from included Echinacea Sombrero Poco Yellow, Jurassic Dino Black Tie Rex Begonia, Beacon Impatiens Lipstick, Angelonia Alonia Huge Snow, Hula Begonia and, new for subsequent yr, Petunia Headliner Violet Sky.

Get together-goers had been welcome to choose a pot from a range supplied by Heyden’s Gardens, the native backyard heart the place the occasion was held, after which “store” the racks of vegetation supplied by Ball. It was so attention-grabbing to see what individuals gravitated towards.

Procuring the racks of Ball vegetation to make containers. And sure, these had been some enjoyable reward luggage ready within the wings.

There have been some vegetation that emerged as clear favorites. Angelonia Alonia Huge Snow, a stout little upright quantity, appeared to finish up in lots of container, as did ‘Blue Spear’ lavender‘Blue Spear’ lavender. One desk of partiers all used each of those vegetation of their containers after which went completely different instructions for different accent vegetation. Some went with a  principally white look, including in Simple Wave White petunia, which maintains a pleasant, neat behavior. Others went for the basic mixture of white, blue and yellow by including in Bee’s Knees Petunia, a superb mushy yellow Petunia that can be an All-America Picks winner.

The gardeners at one desk had been clearly into the white and blue shade scheme, beginning with Angelonia and lavender after which including in accents.

Shade containers had been equally artistic and different, however many featured the completely spectacular Jurassic Rex Begonia collection, which I fell in love with final yr after I noticed them on the Gardens at Ball show gardens in West Chicago, Illinois. They’re definitely substantial sufficient to fill a container on their very own, however some gardeners on the potting occasion added in Hula Begonia (which I grew final yr and likewise will get fairly sizable) or Beacon Impatiens, that are downy mildew resistant Impatiens walleriana, which, till Beacons got here alongside, made the plant inappropriate for rising in lots of areas as a result of the non-Beacon model may, and infrequently was, worn out in a matter of days when affected by the illness.  

Jurassic Dino Black Sky rex begonia with Hula begonia and Splash Choose White Hypoestes.

After which there have been others who went a totally completely different path. One gardener created an edible container that includes Fast Snack cucumber, a 2024 introduction for the Kitchen Minis line of potted greens applicable for rising indoors or in small areas. She added in Everleaf Thai Towers basil (a sister to my very favourite must-grow basil Everleaf Emerald Towers) and an Simple Wave petunia for a little bit of shade.

An edible container that includes Fast Snack cucumber is ideal for a small-space gardener.


Ball is aware of the right way to throw a celebration, so there was a superb unfold of scrumptious bites, but in addition a refreshing watermelon cucumber mojito (right here’s the same recipe if you wish to attempt it), poured out of a watering can, in step with the theme.

A watermelon mojito cocktail with pansy garnish

The watermelon cucumber mojitos had been scrumptious.

However what was even higher was watching a bunch of gardeners, most of whom didn’t know one another, simply get pleasure from creating one thing with vegetation collectively. And boy did they create. Take a look at their designs.

I spy a whole lot of Bee’s Knees petunia right here, however everybody did one thing a little bit completely different.

Are you able to inform they had been having a superb time?

The blue and white desk, however isn’t it attention-grabbing how despite the fact that all of them began with the identical two vegetation, all their containers ended up a little bit completely different and with their very own, private touches.

Britt advised me that almost all of her backyard is inexperienced so she needed to go together with a whole lot of shade for her container.


Learning all these container designs was so attention-grabbing and I left with a terrific appreciation for a way sure vegetation may actually shine of their function in a container. A number of notable observations:

Alternanthera Purple Prince is a superb uniter. Used with white and blue combos, but in addition with hotter shade combos, it labored as the proper accent in each state of affairs.
Don’t promote polka dot plant (Hypoestes) brief. It was unimaginable at punching up shade containers with out competing with the celebrities of the present. 
Combining annuals and perennials is a superb method to change up a design however nonetheless have season lengthy curiosity. The containers that integrated Sombrero Poco Echinacea, which is shorter rising and due to this fact wonderful for containers, together with extra widespread annuals, had been so attention-grabbing. 
Carry within the edibles. Loads of party-goers integrated Everleaf Thai Towers basil proper in with annuals and it was not solely stunning but in addition sensible.
Don’t underestimate vegetation that begin small. Having grown each Beacon Impatiens and Hula Begonia, I can attest to how splendidly these vegetation fill out once they have a little bit of time to develop. However you’ll usually discover them in smaller sizes if you purchase them, which isn’t a nasty factor as a result of they could be a bit fragile for transportation. I do know that the individuals who used these of their designs could have an unimaginable show in a pair weeks.


For sure a wonderful time was had by all and I’ve by no means seen individuals depart a celebration happier than once they walked out with their fabulous containers. Many party-goers have nice gardening Instagram accounts and can hopefully be displaying how their containers look as they develop on. Comply with the hashtag #ballpottingparty on Instagram so you’ll be able to catch the updates.

I believe I’ve discovered the proper occasion theme. Gardening along with new and outdated buddies is a real pleasure. Thanks, Ball Horticultural, for bringing individuals collectively by vegetation and the occasional occasion.


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