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Best plants for no-mess deck containers
We just resurfaced our deck and screened porch with beautiful IPE. I want to plant some large containers with flowers and foliage but I don't want a mess or stains on the new IPE. What kind of plants are the least messy yet showy? I would love to add some plants with some vertical height as well.
There are numerous choices of container plants that would not drop flowers or foliage. A good starting point would be large-leaved tropicals such as banana or canna. Ornamental grasses and sedges also would not drop any plant residue. And flowering plants that dry readily, such as globe amaranth (gomphrena), cockscomb (celosia), and strawflower (bracteantha) would work very well.