Thursday, August 21, 2014

easy gardening tips here! plants that look great in late summer.

To keep things simple, I use the same plants in the flower boxes
 on both sides of my potting shed.

Both sides are in partial shade so I have used mostly colorful foliage.
I love lime green.  Both potato vine and licorice plant are good choices for me.

While I love "flowering" plants as much as the next gardener, I have found that
by late summer they start looking pretty pathetic in my partial shade garden.

So for the last couple of years I have made gardening easier and more rewarding
by concentrating on nice looking foliage plants.

In the front planter I usually plant colorful coleus, but this year, the wet early spring
rotted most of them so I transplanted Tri-color Japanese Painted Fern
from the backyard into the box to fill in the blank spots.

I think they look spectacular with the surviving Lace Stocking coleus.

These coleus did much better.  I am sorry I do not remember their name.

And look great next to the front door in an old, antique urn.

A couple of years ago I started transplanting some of my extra ajuga from the
backyard to the edge of the front walkway.

The are filling in nicely.  Very low maintenance and they look nice with
the cotoneasters behind them.

By the back garage door, the Lace Stocking coleus did much better than in the front planter.

I don't remember the name of those coleus either.  I didn't even transplant them
into the urns by our French doors.
They are in their original plastic pots.

I hope my container plantings give you some ideas for your own garden.

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  1. Very pretty, Joan! I love your plantings and a lot of times will choose non-flowering plants for our urns by the doors into the house. The hubs hates bees with a passion and rather than listen to him complain it is just easier to go with something like coleus. Love the varieties you've used; I've used those in the past, too.

    Anyway, before I forget, I stopped by to let you know you won the book from my post last week on the design book - the cottage one. So if you could shoot me your mailing address. My email is kpassarette(at)yahoo(dot)com. Congrats! : )

  2. Beautiful! This year I planted quite a few coleus and they have done very well. They are so hardy, I actually trimmed a few back just let them fall on the ground. A few days later, they hadn't even wilted so I just placed them in my bird bath...they are doing great too.

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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