…. because I just spent the last 14 hours planting containers and annual beds.
One of the gals that works with me, Yelena Petruk, has been busy planting containers – I like her mixture of texture.
If you’re gonna live this close together, you need to be with others that you can get along with. This combination of part shade plants has Homestead verbena, Begonia bonfire, Dianella, and two different type of coleus – all plants that can handle being a little on the dry side and don’t need a lot of pampering. Plant this now if you are past frost date and enjoy until next fall – feed regularly with Haven Brand Compost Tea.
Water when soil is dry to touch.
Today I went to a client’s home who likes to be one of the first on my seasonal change-out list for containers. I am already a few days behind due to the abundance of rain we’ve had so I was worried that he would be getting anxious to have his winter plantings removed and refreshed with spring/summer color.
This is what greeted me: Scotch broom (Cytisus x praecox ‘Allgold’) in full bloom, heuchera with its spires of flowers, pansies going strong, sedum starting to flower, lysimachia in golden glory. Sorry, Charlie, these are gonna stick around for a few more weeks.
Slowly but surely my own home containers are getting planted My standard procedure for planting my containers is to bring home any free plants that have been offered for trial or as a bonus on an order, or to use one inch plugs and give them a month to fill in. Then I make a container casserole with plants that like similar sun and water conditions. The planter above is a combination of 3 plants leftover from our garden show that had been damage in the move so they weren’t fit for using in a client’s planter. My part sun front door was a good location for these angel wing begonias, yellow crassandra (not really blooming yet), and swedish ivy. I love the rose scent of the swedish ivy by the front door.
I also had half a hanging basket full of Scarlet bonfire begonia that I added to my “water bucket” planter that already had ivy flowing from it.
I also had a few plugs of bonfire begonia that I added to these planters but you can barely see them.
Next weekend, the rest of the children will get their shoes…
…this nature gal looks ready for her watering chores, though that pink can she has might be useful for only watering her ivy hair and dress. Kinda cool how her watering can coordinates with the caladiums – even earthy-types can be fashion mavens.
Another great horticultural delight you missed if you’ve never visited the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville, Tn.
…when you have water-wise containers like these I saw at the University of Tennesee Botanical Gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Another full spring day: 44 planters completed and one landscape consultation accomplished. Miniature boxwoods planted with orange New Guinea Impatiens and Amethyst Torenia.
Strobilanthes (Persian Shield), Begonia bonfire, red ivy geranium, and asparagus fern added to the impatiens and torenia.
Morning sun and afternoon shade make this combo work.
I almost said newly “porched” but there I go making up words again.
These are so new that the geraniums haven’t even started blooming. These boxes are filled with Sun Parasol Crimson Mandevilla, Yellow Sanvitalia, annual Cora Vinca, and Setcresia… and purple geraniums that aren’t blooming yet.