The Good: This is the vintage toaster I purchased last spring for $5, and planted with hen and chicks. I like this planter. If you would like to see how I put the planter together, check out my May post here.
The Good: The swingtime fuchsias that I planted in galvanized buckets, hanging on S hooks and chains from an eye hook screwed into the eaves. Perfect weather for fuchsias this summer, not too hot.
The Good: Sweet Alyssum planted in an upside down vintage laundry stomper. As long as this unusual planter was watered every day, it looked great.
The Bad: My galvanized funnel on a broom handle planter that was gorgeous last summer with lantana, left much to be desired with Portulaca, especially after summer daytime and nighttime temps dropped in late July and into August.
The Ugly: Pink Gaura in a galvanized tub in the front border barely bloomed all summer. Never again.
The Ugly: First time purchase of Juncus Big Twister Rush. I don't think it grew or changed a bit all summer. Never again.
The Good: The red tuberous begonia was gorgeous on my potting sink planted in a tea kettle. A repeat is planned for next summer.
The Good: The Techno Heat Electric Blue lobelia in a galvanized bucket hanging from a wire in a picture frame from a tree. Still beautiful in August. Check out the progress on this container planter here and here.
The Good: Nasturiums in a galvanized tub in my flower border added a pop of bright orange all summer long. Easy to grow.
The Good: Orange Sunpatiens and lobelia with alyssum made a beautiful combo.
The Good: A very small frame with a miniature pail planted with angelina and sedum acre. (Perennials)
The Ugly: Maybe weather was a factor but my coleus were eaten up faster than they grew this summer. I thought it was slugs but not sure.
Only one out of these three coleus grew much at all. A bad year for coleus. Not usually this much trouble so will try again.
The Okay: This is my first purchase of variegated sweet alyssum. Nice foliage but not much blossom. Probably would not buy again.
Luckily the calibrachoa and pansies also in the bucket saved the day!
The Good: Yellow lantana grew well in a galvanized chicken feeder with hen and chicks in the bottom tray.
The Good: Nicotiana works for me in pots or in the ground. One of my favorites in a coffee pot in the high chair and in a wheelbarrow tub this summer.
The Good: Year two of Diamond Frost in a terra cotta pot atop the step ladder. I think it is a Proven Winner! (groan).
Other annuals in pots not pictured in this post:
Geraniums did only so-so this season.
Calibrachoa did well in every container.
Verbena was up and down with the weather.
Impatiens for the most part were beautiful. Blooming and growth has been slower with cool evenings. I had a couple of pots of red impatiens in the terra cotta pot edging that dropped a few leaves but I don't think it's downy mildew.
How did your container gardens grow this summer?
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