Every year Charlie and I like to plant some containers on our patio with annuals to add more color to the garden. I like to plant them fairly full right from the start so they don’t take all summer to look good. I also like to use plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance such as dead heading.
This is one of three large pots we planted. The Canna Lilies in the center will eventually grow to about 30″ and have beautiful yellow gold flowers. The Solanum is primarily a foliage plant with that beautiful yellow and green leaf, but will eventually have small white flowers also.
I love using verbena to trail down the sides of the pots. They are very draught tolerant and never need dead heading. If they get too big you can cut them back and they just keep on going.
This small pot sits on the wall of our patio so there is plenty of room for it to trail down all summer long. We have never used this coleus before, but just loved the color and form.
These two morning glories were planted less than a week ago. Yes they came that big from the store! They are planted on either side of a chair against our garage wall. As the vines keep climbing Charlie is planning on putting a few nails in the wall and tying string from the nails to the top of the trellises so the vines can just keep climbing all over the wall.
The next two pictures show two sides of the same pot.
Currently the geranium in this pot doesn’t have any flowers, but they will be dark red flowers to go along with all the other reds in the pot. I like the way the variegated leaf of the geranium helps to lighten the foliage in this pot as well.
I think this is my favorite pot this year. Most of the foliage in this pot are variegated and eventually the verbena and coleus on the right will trail to the ground.
This is the patio where the pots are. Eventually they will fill out more and have more impact. The morning glories are next to the reddish door so you can see how they will eventually have plenty of room to keep climbing.
One of the things we think about when planning our pots is how the butterflies and hummingbirds could use them. The verbena is a favorite of both of these as well as the Salvia. The key to keeping the pots looking great all summer is regular watering and feedings. Every couple of weeks we will water them with Miracle Grow fertilizer and almost every day they are watered.
I hope you enjoyed this look at our container plantings for this summer. Stop by later in the summer and I will show you some updated pictures of how everything fills in.