The Summer Containers Are Planted
The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while the new plants fill in.
Speaking of aging in place, it’s funny that the yellow Pansies I planted months ago have only now started to look good. I think April and May were just too cold and wet for them. I’ll let them stay as well, as long as they look good.
This last weekend I finally had time to plant the front containers with summer annuals. This year I’m doing much simpler plantings, no more than two or three kinds of plants per container. Also, I have abandoned the idea of every container needing a “thriller, filler, and spiller”. Only a couple of containers will have tall plants, and some will have only low mounds.
Anyways, here are the plants I’m using in my summer containers for sun. The photographs aren’t too great, and of course the plants need to fill in, but this is how they look at the starting gate.
Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’. This is an older hybrid Salvia that I prefer to Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’, which hasn’t performed that well for me.
Star Flower ‘Butterfly Red’ (Pentas lanceolata).
Cigar Plant ‘Vermillionaire’ (Cuphea hybrid). Both Cigar Plant and Star Flower are great for attracting hummingbirds.
Lantana ‘Luscious Marmalade’ and ‘Lemon Zest’ (Lantana camara).
Zinnias, lots of Zinnas (Zinnia elegans). I know some people think Zinnias are tiresome, but I don’t agree. I like the simple flowers and the fact that they don’t wilt if you forget to water them for a bit. I planted the varieties ‘Magellan Orange’, ‘Magellan Scarlet’, and ‘Profusion Fire’, which has smaller flowers and a more horizontal growing habit.
Petunia hybrids ‘Honey’, Heavenly Blue’, and ‘Black Cherry’. As with Zinnias, many feel that Petunias are overplayed. I like these varieties, though, because the flowers are a bit smaller (and not floppy) and don’t require deadheading.
Nasturtium ‘Empress of India’ (Tropaeolum majust). Just a couple of Nasturtiums planted in pots that needed something trailing down the side.
Many recommend restraint in the use of orange in the garden, but I laugh at their timidity. My colors are mainly orange and red, with a bit of blue to cool things down.
I’ll keep you posted on how these containers progress. Have you planted many summer annuals in containers this year?