Here is the Recipe I ended up using:
1 Tropicana Gold - the invisible major Thriller - free- I chopped it out of another container I already had ($20 if you are not so lucky)
5 Calla Lilies - I think these are minor thrillers - currently invisible - free - ditto on the chopping (?? $10 if you have to buy them in bloom)
1 Duranta erecta Golden Dewdrop 'Gold Edge' - filler - $1.88
3 green/white kale - filler.40 each - $1.20 total
1 - Ipomoea - spiller $2.00
3 blue Salvia - filler - .40 each - $1.20 total
I have spent barely over $6.00 on this big container and I am totally gaga over it! You will have to use your imagination because the main (free) plants are currently invisible. See that white stalk in the back? It's the 'Thriller'- the star, the big Honcho...
Just imagine those bold yellow/green striped leaves as a background for this container. Then imagine these corms in front of the striped leaves....these are calla lilies....
can't envision it?
OK, this is what those little corms will turn in to...white-spotted leaves and big yellow flowers...
Now imagine five of those in front of the big yellow/green striped canna leaves.......... their smaller whitel-spotted leaves against the big stripes.....push some smelling salts under my nose........I am about to faint in anticipation!
The bold yellow edged plant in the front of the calla lilies is "Gold Edge' Duranta. I have never used it before so I googled it.... OMG *BIG SQUEAL...it blooms with little yellow balls of fruit!!! Could it possibly be any better than that!!!
I am entirely giddy over this unique (at least I have never seen it done) combination. If it looks even half as good as I expect it to, I will be thrilled!
I added these yellow daisies: