Summer Container Flowers Update
Hi, y'all! Today, I'm checking in with some photos to show the beautiful progress of the container flowers that I planted back in April.
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You might remember my post Planting 23 Flower Containers for Summer Color.
In that post, I talked about planting new annual bedding plants from Home Depot in my pots and hanging baskets.
At that time, my containers looked pretty sparse, as you can see in the photo. I talked about how I limited the plant material that I put in each container in order to keep the initial cost down. But, I anticipated that the plants would grow and fill out to create a lush display during the summer.
Well — you can see the results after about 2 months. The flowering annuals have filled out and spilled over the sides of their containers.
Let's Take a Little Tour
Starting in the Front Yard
Starting at the driveway and front yard, fuchsia portulaca spill over the sides of hanging baskets, while dusty miller provides a vertical element.
Another hanging basket stands watch over a bed of marigolds and pink variegated polka dot plant. A concrete planter under the basket contains Mexican feather grass and Mexican heather (with little purple flowers).
Moving on to the Backyard
Mr. B. rebuilt our deck last summer. It's adjacent to our pool and only about 2 feet off the ground.
I placed container flowers in groupings around the perimeter of the deck. The area beyond the deck is occupied by azalea bushes, underplanted with liriope.
Ornamental grass planted outside the deck spills over onto this pot of marigolds, purple petunia, and Mexican Spikes (feather grass).
Various groupings of flower containers placed along the deck perimeter add definition to the outdoor space.
A hanging basket just outside the door to the screened-in back porch contains pink portulaca and “Blue My Mind” evolvulus hybrid. I first used this delicate, blue flowering trailer in my late summer container flowers last summer, and I just love it's color and graceful shape.
A hanging basket of yellow portulaca, dusty miller, and “Blue My Mind” evolvulus hybrid hangs just behind my favorite pool-side chair.
An additional grouping of containers stands along the perimeter of the deck on the other side of the seating area.
Yellow zinnias proliferate in containers with Mexican spikes (feather grass) shooting up from the middle. The orange-y color of the marigolds adds to the display.
A Lesson Learned
Back in April, I planted purple petunias in containers with yellow zinnias and marigolds, along with Mexican spikes. Remember my Thriller-Filler-Spiller scheme?
I love the combination or yellow with purple!
Well, here's what I learned — the zinnias and marigolds choked out the petunias. Even the portulaca crowded out the petunias. Hardly any of the petunias survived, especially in containers with zinnias. Those big ol' zinnias just took over and didn't allow the petunias to survive.
Lesson learned — next year, I'll plant a few hanging baskets with petunias alone, so that I can enjoy a nice display as they grow and spill over the sides of the baskets, unhindered by the more aggressive plants.
Care and Feeding
I've been watering everyday or every other day, except when we have rain.
After the first month, I started adding Miracle Gro Flower Food to the water once every 7-10 days. It helps the plants to stay vigorous.
Coming Soon . . .
In this post, I've shared photos that focus on my container flowers. You might be wondering what the entire deck and pool area look like.
I plan to share a deck-reveal post soon! I hope you'll enjoy it.
Looking for More Inspiration?
I hope you'll come back for my deck reveal. But, in the meantime, check out my post 38 Ways to Love Outdoor Living for inspiration from lots of talented bloggers.
Let me know how your summer is going! Do you have flowers blooming? Have you been enjoying time outdoors on a deck or patio?
Enjoy Life Creatively!