Working with America in Bloom, Communities in Bloom, Traverse City (Michigan) town government, and the town governments of several small communities in similar climate zones and conditions, it appears that the best type of flowers/plants to use for low maintenance (prolific blooms, no dead heading, drought resistant, and disease resistant) in our area would be a combination of three specially bred varietals from the company Proven Winners.
1. Supertunia Sliverberry:
2. Supertunia Vista Bubblegum:
3. Graceful Grasses Fireworks:
Supertunia Visa Bubblegum is so good that it is used in the flower planters of nearly 70% of the towns participating in the America in Bloom and Communities in Bloom programs!
The flowers/plants will be placed in the containers in the following tested configuration:
Once the plants are combined in the planters we are going to have something that looks similar to this: