The ceramic planter pictured above is a great choice for any color scheme featuring blue. It's an impressive piece, standing at about 3 feet tall. But what to plant in it? I decided to look for a trailing plant with golden foliage-something that would cascade over the blue piece and stand out against it.
A type of moneywort turned out to be the answer.
Golden moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'), is listed as a plant for partial sun or full shade. My planting bed is in full sun. But since I'm growing this "creeping jenny" in a container, I can always pick it up and move it into the shade for a spell, if necessary. Besides, landscaping in New England, I've never known moneywort to be all that fussy about such matters.
As you can see from the photo above, the moneywort is not planted directly in the heavy ceramic planter but in a smaller plastic container, which is in turn wedged into the ceramic planter. The plastic container is much easier to move. Even if the moneywort tolerates the full sun and doesn't need to be moved, I may wish to swap it out for another specimen later in the summer-just for a different look.
This focal point stands in the back row, at the northern edge of the planting bed, in between the two euonymus shrubs where it won't cast excessive shade on any of my plants.