I am a total failure at containers, I don't water them often enough. For that reason, the only ones I do have are large self-watering ones on my back deck with grasses in a couple and a Harry Lauder in another. Looks nice and fuss-free.
I put Lavender in a container on the deck (something I would not normally put in a container) and put red petunias around it. I love having the scent near by and the purples and reds looked nice together.
I didi monochromal plantings with blues. I put together hanging baskets of pink white and black, I also put together pinks with brown. I also used lots of foilage plants I have never used before but intend to use more in, inground installations next spring. I am in the process of putting together a boggy container garden...it used to be my pond, but alas it is a container (in the ground) I am going to let loosa two elephant ears, Diamond Head and Mojito...it should be a good forgroung planting for a ever red loropetalum...I can't wait...:0)
Well my best containers have finally met their end, something nibbled them back so I just pulled everything out...Hmmm what to put in now, an blank slate leaves me with so many options...But for the end of summer and into the fall I think it will be edibles, carrots in the middle so they can be removed and replaced with a little mum action :0)
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The petunia and supercal hanging baskets, have finally decided they were tired, I am harvesting any seeds tomorrow, and replacing with some edibles seed. The last bit of growing until I clean them out until next spring.
Here's my stab at late-summer, toss it together from Ace Hardware. Maybe that's the answer for me - just buy some annuals when they have some size and stuff them in the pot, enjoy for a month or so, then away for winter. The grass and Harry in the background are permanent residents, the front pot is meant to be a color accent.
I have a large container in a small bed next to my garage door. It has a sedum growing in it from a friend and I put annuals in it as well. It always has the first pansies of the season. right now it has got Nasturtium Alaska, the revitalized pansies and a miniature pink rose bush I got on clearance at the grocery store. The rose is in its second flush of bloom and has been really successful. I am going to leave it there for the winter and see what happens! The bed in the ground has tulips, daylilies and a smallish hosta border. It's the first garden you see when you come out of my kitchen door. It always cheers me up.
This year,... I am happy with ANYTHING that survives in a container. The heat, low humidity and lack of rain has absolutely cooked just about everything inspite of watering.I have one potato vine growing moderately well, one struggling, a bouganvilla and two walmart hibiscus that are struggling to survive. That is it out of about 40 plants that were in containers.. the rest are skeletons... I will leave them until next year and start over when the rains return.. some day.
Jeri - that is wonderful!
I voted that I have a new great container. Actually, there are four. I bought them on clearance with the intention of painting them.
Here's a shot of the before and the new pink pots. The other two were painted by priming with white, then splattering on dark green and finally covering with a maroon.
I tried SmartPots that are pots constructed of geotextile fabric. No weeds and everything has grown wonderfully in them. I have a 5' tall tomato in a 10 gallon one that is doing great and 4 squash plants spilling out of a 25 gallon one. They are reusable and I've got lots of plans for next year. Especially being able to haul those tender perennials back and forth from a greenhouse.