Summer Containers in Sun: An Update
Now that it’s almost the middle of August, maybe it’s a good time to do an update on the flowering containers in the front garden. Overall, my assessment would be: they’re doing pretty well. Not spectacular, perhaps, but certainly pretty well.
The one thing I’m happiest about was combining ‘Empress of India’ Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majalis) with ‘Heavenly Blue’ Petunias. They go really well together, I think. That’s ‘Vermillionaire’ Cigar Plant (Cuphea hybrid) on the lower left, and the shrub rose ‘Cassie’ on the lower right.
‘Empress of India’ is an old favorite of mine. It’s been blooming adequately this year, but has stayed a rather modest size.
And here’s several of the pots viewed from the bottom of the front steps. At the beginning of the summer I decided to go with a simpler approach to these containers, planting just one or a couple of types of plants in each pot.
I like how they look planted on successive steps. Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ is in the container on the top step, then the Cigar Plant with Star Flower ‘Butterfly Red’ (Pentas lanceolata), and finally the Zinnias ‘Magellan Orange’, ‘Magellan Scarlet’, and ‘Zahara Orange’. Sorry the color is kind of washed out here. I took this photo rather than Judy.
I have to say, I’m really crazy about Zinnias, especially the red and orange ones. This year’s containers have not dimmed my enthusiasm. The colors are so great, they’re excellent cut flowers, plus Zinnias are more generous than most when it comes to forgiving lapses in watering. Call them old fashioned or trite, I don’t care, they will always be a favorite.
One of the Zinnias we tried that we really like is ‘Zahara Starburst’, with bicolor orange and yellow flowers. ‘Profusion Fire’ is another top pick for us. For some reason, though, the Lantanas (‘Luscious Marmalade’ and ‘Lemon Zest’) were underwhelming this year.
Here’s a close up of ‘Zahara Starburst’.
We are grateful to have received two Lavender ‘Phenomenal’ (Lavandula x intermedia) plants as part of the swag from the Garden Bloggers Fling this year. They have not yet bloomed, but we will take them inside for the winter. They are planted here with ‘Black Cherry’ Petunias.
Star Flower ‘Butterfly Red’ (Pentas lanceolata).
We’ll finish up with the view from the front door.
That’s all for now.