If you have been following my Midwest Gardening posts, you know that we started lots of flowers/plants from seeds and bulbs. July 2, I took lots of photos of the yard, pots, and gardens. I'll try and show what's working well in pots, and what isn't.
The new pots out at the street get the HOT sun and wind all day. So far, they are doing pretty well. I did purchase a grass and the papyrus looking plant (left pot) and some succulent looking fern. I'm disappointed the dark red spikey Cordyline in the right pot hasn't done much. I expected it to get larger, but it has been very hot. We did use drought resistant potting soil mixed with our compost dirt, in these pots and in the mailbox planter.
I stuck some Zinnia starts from seed in here, and they have been quite happy and a nice pop of color.
The mailbox planter, I used less plants here this year. The purchased Salvia has done nothing. The small marigolds I chose a shorter version this year, and they are also quite small, though full of blooms. The Vinca vines(transplanted from ground cover) is finally starting to droop...so those were free. The wave petunias are stilted also. We are faithfully watering, but the sun has been fierce out here this year with the reduced pollution??? I'm not sure why this planter is slow this year.
Because I used seed start flowers, my garage walkway pots aren't in full bloom yet. They get sun for about 6 hours a day, so I always put Sweet potato vines in here. Bachelor Buttons are the grey spikey plants. I think those are bush sunflowers coming from seed starts. LOL, I can't remember.
There are three pots along the garage walkway. I alternate sweet potato vines (lime or purple) in these pots. The tall plants are tall marigolds from my plant starts.
The West shady side has two pots. Still waiting for their seed starts to begin blossoming. The rose on the trellis has been slow this year after being froze.
This pot is spilling over from the sweet potato vine. Wow, the conditions have been perfect for them early this year, hot and wet. I'm moving this into the flower beds with the perennials, as it was being swallowed by some Giant Hosta.
This hanging pot with Mandevilla, the rope broke and then fell. In one night the potato vine in front was totally chewed off along with the Caladium. The beauty of pots is you can move them around. This one is safe now in a raised area and after a week, it's recovering! (Ps whatever ate it, didn't touch the Mandevilla)
This large focal pot has lots going on---and everything is very happy, even in this very hot spot! Mandevilla, lime and purple Potato Vine, and a wave petunia.
The box planter above is filled with marigolds and zinnias and more purple. I have some giant sunflowers and bush sunflowers growing inside the railing.
I do love the red, lime, and purples....!
Up on the porch a have a pot of Nasturtiums from seed going crazy. I had no idea how large these got as it's my first time growing them. Next year I will start them in small pots in the greenhouse, so I can transplant just a few here and there.
When cleaning the craft room, I donated my baskets, and let Goodwill store them. If I need a basket they are all cheap there. I did take some outside, this one had a florist's liner which I drilled holes in.
It's filled with Alyssum, Caladiums and Nasturtiums. Again, I had no idea how huge they would get. My Caladiums all grown from bulbs are varied sizes, which I will sort and label for next year. One of the down sides of buying bargain multi-packs, it's hard to tell what you are getting. Considering one Caladium plant is at least $6.99 a bag of bulbs for $6.99 is very cost effective if you have the patience and space to start them in February.
The back yard is spilling with planters and pots of everything. It is cooler back here because of shade trees. A blessing and a curse with all the leaf/wingy dingys falling all the time. Silver Maples are very messy trees.
I bought lots of Impatiens to go with my seed plant starts. I use railing pots along the vegetable garden to encourage pollinators. We are going to place these into the vegetable garden now, to encourage pollinators.
A 'crazy' close neighbor has a beehive now, with no water source or flowers in his yard, totally against our county codes here, so our yard is swarming with honey bees. Since I am deathly allergic, my time outside is limited now. But, I do love my flowers.
Bees love the marigolds so I will continue do trays of seed starts of those.
Moving the flowers away from our seating areas should help.
I found some of these tropical Mandevilla (with waxy leaves and red flowers) labeled tropical???quite reasonable for $3.99 and have used them everywhere. I hope to keep some in the house over winter. So far they flower constantly.
These large colorful pots without flowers will be fine around our seating areas. Plus we have pots of peppermint as bee deterrent to place around the deck.
The pots under our roof extension are really taking off. Impatiens and all the Coleus grown from seed are a colorful and total shady happy solution. I have a few Impatiens in there also, but I think the plants are plenty of color. I will try some potted ferns here next year.
The white Caladiums are startling. I will be labeling all the corms when I dig them up for storage this fall by leaf size and color. Downside, the dusty pots sides occur with every rain or when we put the sprinkler on here. I may whitewash these pots next year so it doesn't show. Or we may add pea gravel over the paver base. This is the first year for this 'new area' of total shade and our paver base path--so it is still a project in progress.
These smaller pots seem to keep the leaf size under control, or maybe it was the dirt?
I even tried a mixture in a hanging pot. Turns out those are Giant Coleus...they were so small when I planted them it was hard to tell.
NOTE TO SELF: Come up with a better labeling solution for seeding trays.
NOTE TO SELF: Come up with a better labeling solution for seeding trays.
This wall pot is happy here in almost total shade. Ceramic wall pots tend to boil plants, so I have stayed away from them, but this one is so pretty.
Here an elephant ear(small bulb) and some small Caladiums ended up in a small pot. Again, I will be labeling everything ...lol. Small bulb Elephant Ear, is still huge!
These are the last pots of Caladiums that are so slow. I have to figure out where to put these and in what...LOL. Maybe on Monday after the holiday.
Stargazer lilies...getting ready to bloom in these pots. They need to go in the ground along our north fence when it is completed. So many projects, so little time!
PS, all my Hosta grown from sprig starts last year are thriving in the ground. Definitely worth coddling those assorted bags of starts. 12 assorted Hosta for $5.99 at a big box hardware store, not sure which one.
Happy JULY Gardening! Hope this helps give you some ideas or tips on pots and planters.
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Hello Sandi and Happy Monday! Wow, I am amazed at how much work has been involved with all of your potted plants. You are growing so many flowers, and I am most impressed with how you have combined color and texture within each pot. Great job and continued success in the garden!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Pam. We got to experiment a lot this year! I'm always interested in cataloging results.Delete
Sandi, you have such a wonderful array of plants and flowers! That is terrific! I haven't been able to grow anything in years but it is fun to see what others have planted. I envy you your nice rhubarb! I have never been able to grow it because my hubby always ran over the plant with the lawnmower, so I finally gave up. But I am always able to get some from the grocery. I hope you do try my muffins and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Thank you for your visit and have a marvellous week!ReplyDelete
I definitely will, printed out the recipe and pinned it, thanks, Sandi!Delete
Amazing plants!So colorful!I tried to grow mandevilla once a time but they died,They costs at about ten dollars here( a little pot).You did a great job!Hugs!ReplyDelete
Yes, they were usually expensive...seems Walmart here found an inexpensive supplier, I bought 6 I think at 3.99 USD. for small pots and they are growing big!Delete
You have a green thumb. Everything looks so nice.ReplyDelete
Thanks---I will share the failures too, LOL!Delete
Sandi, you are working so hard on making the pots so beautiful! Growing flowers is so rewarding, isn't it? I hope they all do well. So far, your mailbox planter is filled with bright, colorful summer beauty. LidyReplyDelete
I love doing pots---as the season rolls, we move them around. All the railing flowers are going into the vegetable garden now to increase pollinators. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I'm so jealous! Everything looks lovely. We are in Northeast Texas, and we're having a grasshopper plague of near Biblical proportions. I've had to move everything I can to a raised deck. I'm spraying almost daily with garlic/pepper spray, and I have still lost most of my herbs, tomatoes, and tomatillos. They wipe things out overnight like hopping cutworms. Hopefully, next year will be easier. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Oh, my...that is scary. Of course with the plague and all the other travesties we have had, I'm just waiting for someone to cue the 'flying monkeys'. Hope you can get some later crops in...I'd try again with your long growing season. Hugs, SandiDelete
I love that planter by the mailboxes and I also like the way you use all colors in your plantings...gives it a cheerful look. When I hiked this morning, the trail has some native plants planted next to it. They have just planted them this week. I hope we get enough rain to keep them going. Hugs!ReplyDelete
Oh, thanks, I was out this morning and repairing and staking so many things. We had an horrific storm and lost half a tree, surprisingly the pots faired pretty well. Now, re-staked the Hollyhocks...we will see if everything survives being flattened. I think we got 5" so that will help!Delete
Oh, Sandi, all your plants are looking so great and healthy. It seems like the efforts you made back then were well worth your time. Love them all and the color they add. I especially love the sweet potato vines but have never planted one. They all are so pretty..Stay well my friend..xxoJudyReplyDelete
Hi Judy, Sweet Potato Vines are a bit tropical and bite the dust with frost, but are pretty forgiving and bunnies love them. I totally love the lime and purple and they get pretty big and trail. Thanks for stopping by, SandiDelete