Take your garden vertical by suspending your containers with simple metal cable. This wall of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana seems to hover in space in the lobby of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory.
The succulent Kalanchoe 'Flapjacks' is notable for its softly-colored leaves that extend from the stem in a rosette pattern.
Bold Pattern and Broad Leaves
Ctenanthe burle-marxii is a native of Brazil, and thrives in semi-shade and humid areas. This example is growing in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Fuqua Orchid Center.
The upward swept, blue-gray leaves of Echeveria runyonii stand out in containers with other succulents.
Fruit of 'Purple Sunset' pomegranate (Punica granatum) hang like ornaments on a Christmas tree. This example is planted in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Edible Garden.
A sunny patio at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the setting for this display of varying-sized containers with an assortment of succulents that include Dyckia 'Black Gold' (clockwise from foreground), Yucca 'Color Guard', Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire', Echeveria runyonii, and Kalanchoe 'Flapjacks'.
Though the flowers of the Rose Grape plant (Medinilla myriantha) look like grapes, they aren't. They are, however, striking in the way they hang in panicles among the plant's deep green leaves.
The golden color of Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire' stands out against the soft colors of Echeveria runyonii.
Need a lively plant for your patio container? Consider the ornamental pepper Capsicum annuum 'Aurora', which produces small, brilliantly-colored fruit.
Succulents make the perfect patio plant in warm areas like Atlanta that can experience long stretches without rain. This arrangement at the Atlanta Botanical Garden uses the soft edges of Kalanchoe 'Flapjacks' to contrast with the spike-like appearance of Yucca 'Color Guard'.
Lizard on Winterberry
The HGTV Gardens staff weren't the only ones enjoying the gardens, particularly this Winterberry Holly.