I always seem to lean toward the pinks and purples, and that pink Diascia (right front) is one of my favorite container plants.
I loved this combination of Plum Madness Petunias and a calibrachoa that was almost the same shade. It spilled nicely over the side and continued the color. There's also an ivy geranium (barely visible in this photo) and a variegated Vinca in there. This photo was taken late in the day, unfortunately creating a shadowy foreground. (Click photos to enlarge for more detail)
Here you can see the true color of the Petunias.
There's the Ivy Geranium (Marimba).
I added a euphorbia to the mix for a contrasting deeper shade....
It starts out green and then changes to burgundy. There was no label so I don't know the name.
I love to use geraniums and Petunias in containers. They need deadheading but can't be beat for long bloom time and gorgeous colors.
Here's Amethyst Ivy Geranium with blue Lobelia. The Iresine in this container looks orangy red in the afternoon light...
....but it's actually a more pinkish red. It makes a lovely filler.
Osteospermums are bright and pretty in spring and early summer. Their blooms tend to peter out during the hottest weeks of summer, but come back nicely for a good late summer and fall show.
The Osteos close when the sun isn't shining.
Nemesia is great in containers with its pretty little flowers. I like this rasberry one mixed with the lilac Osteos. Do you see the deeper purple 'Spoon' Osteo in there?
Here's Willow sitting by one of my absolute favorites...the blue and white container.
I tried Scaevola (Fan Flower) for the first time and loved it for long blooming time and very easy care. The white flower is a delightfully sweet scented Nemesia. There's also a Spike and 2 Bacopas...one blue and one white.
The Ivy Geranium is Taj Mahal, a deep red. It didn't bloom until September which was disappointing. It was one I wintered over bare root and potted up in the spring. Only a few I tried that with did well, so I left them in pots this winter and they're looking very healthy.
This pretty pink Bacopa was in another container.
Here's another favorite....Sweet potatoe Vine, Taj Mahal Ivy Geranium, deep red Diascia and a spike.
I love these colors together.
Here's a coral Diascia, Abutilon Gold Dust (the variegated leaf, not yet blooming), Coleus, variegated Vinca and a Purple Knight Alternanthera just showing a little on the right.
This combination lasted well into the fall, with the Osteo coming back into bloom in September and the Bidens blooming continually all summer. The Nemesia benefits from being nipped back a few times.
Here's the 'Copper Purple' Osteo up close. Isn't it gorgeous?
I had a lot of favorites last year. Here's another. This one has Vancouver Centennial Geranium, Calibrachoa 'Colorburst Terracotta', and a burgundy Sweet Potato Vine (I think it's called 'Blackie').
I repeated this combination from the year before, and will do it again this year.
I had this lilac calibrachoa in a basket. They bloom continuously with no deadheading - a great plant!
That's just one Cali in this windowbox and it spread beautifully. Also in the box were 'Apple Blossom' Petunias that I had cut back at the time this photo was taken. There's Alyssum tucked in there too. The Bidens in the container is still going strong!
The 'Apple Blossoms' put on a wonderful late fall show. Oh yes, there's a 'Lambada' Ivy Geranium in there too, and some variegated Vinca.