Super BowlIf you’re a sports fan, particularly a football fan, this Sunday is THE event, the Superbowl. Not that I think it will happen any time soon, but we downtrodden Cleveland fans can dream that someday our Browns will be one of the teams participating. (Photo credit –

In the meantime, we’ll be at least temporarily out of the deep freeze. Whenever that happens, we automatically start thinking about Spring and dream about the changes we want to make in our gardens and perhaps creating new combinations in our containers.

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’ (Photo credit –

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'

Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice' with Lantana

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’ with Lantana

There is a series of small petunias that are called Calibrachoa and one of the brand names is Superbells®. One of my favorites last year was ‘Yellow Slice’, a bicolor of bright yellow and white in a pinwheel pattern. This year, I’m planning to combine it with Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ which has hundreds of tiny white flowers and has a very airy  and with either some yellow dahlias or snapdragons. It would also look luscious mixed with a pink and yellow or orange and yellow lantana and a white Calibrachoa.

Calibrachoa 'Cherry Star'

Calibrachoa ‘Cherry Star’

Last year, I fell in love with another Superbells®. This was one was ‘Cherry Star’, a cherry pink with bright yellow stripes radiating from the eye to the outer edge of the petals. This would look spectacular with one of the pink and yellow lantanas and perhaps a pink and yellow coleus.

Petunia 'Phantom'

Petunia ‘Phantom’

Petunia 'Black Velvet'

Petunia ‘Black Velvet’ (PHoto credit –



Bicolors seem to be the rage. There were several available last year and more this year. Petunia ‘Phantom’, a very dark purple (almost black) and yellow bicolor, was another favorite of mine and I’m going to use it and Petunia ‘Black Velvet’ as trailers with perhaps Setcreasea (Purple Wandering Jew) in a large container seen only from the front. There will be a multi-colored Croton in the back and a Foxtail Fern in the middle.

 Isn’t it fun to start planning now?