I promised myself this spring that I was going to try much harder to make my container plantings a success. I started with fresh soil, fertilized regularly and hardly ever let them get dry. This was a big deal for me as I get so side tracked and busy out in the main garden that I often forget about the porch plants all together.
Well, it does work. My containers were much better this year and I enjoyed having some color up on the veranda. They still are far from winning any awards, but compared to my usual efforts they’ve come a long way.
A solid pot of bright orange dahlias matched my new watering can.
This urn had wintered over dark purple sedum and I added annual blue salvia.
One of my half barrels was filled with self seeded California poppies and sedum.
I found this new snapdragon at the nursery and fell in love with it. Reminds me of old fashioned ribbon candy. Climbing up the spiral is a morning glory vine.
The largest urn was filled with nasturtiums in bright jewel toned colors. They were planted by themselves as they do not like to be fertilized. You end up with big green leaves but few flowers if you do.
A very hot situated container was filled with marigolds and brassy yellow calendula.
Anthemis filled another terra cotta pot that I placed right inside the garden.
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