|Galvanized metal, slate, black iron combine with silver and black leaved plants - my chosen motif for our decks this summer. The miniature pineapple lily in the slate cube are new dwarf varieties I am testing.|
|Begonia ' Escargot' and Purple Cabbage make for a perfect couple along with succulents and a black Aeonium.|
|A red-leaved banana virtually explodes out of a metal tub on the deck. We'll never be able to remove it now, as it has tripled in size in three weeks given our recent heat and rain.|
I added a variegated Pearls of Opar (Talinum) with golden berries to one of the containers since the bright fruit will contrast nicely with all of the black foliage. Coleus, Black Pearl Peppers and more succulents all combine well in these summer containers. In the fall, I save many of these plants in the greenhouse by repotting them into individual containers since generally, succulents, tropicals and annuals cannot stay together for long, but as long as the season is fierce and fast, they have no problem growing neck-to-neck.