This is the fourth year of trying out different plant combinations in my many pots.
I’ve shifted over to having more perennials, but can’t resist beautiful annual bedding plants. I buy quite a few as tiny plug plants in early spring, and bring them on in the greenhouse. I also bought lots of packets of lobelia seeds (and some laurentia, but that is much harder to find) and sowed them in trays with small modules – multiple seeds to a module in February. It worked a treat, and is a very cheap way of getting the exact colours you want.
It’s getting towards the end of May, and I’ve taken photos of most of the pots as I’ve planted them up, and have added second photos when they are in full flower.
Osteospermum Sky & Ice, 2 x Alyssum Snow Cloth, 2 x Calibrachoa Starlight Pink, Ipomoea Black Tone, Lobelia Cambridge Blue
2 X Antirrhinum Night & Day, 2 x Bacopa Snowflake, 4 x Lobelia Crimson Fountain
Orange Wallflower, 2 x Bidens Bee Alive, Petunia Lime, Petunia Cascadia Indian Summer.
3 x Echinacea Pallida, 3 x Lobelia Sapphire, Osteospermum Sky & Ice, Verbena Aztec Purple (I think – it’s from a cutting and the labels got mixed up!).
3 x Fantasia Dark Red Bush Geranium, 3 x Decors Red Trailing Geranium
Stellar Pelargonium Westwood, Scented Leaves Pelargonium Pink Capricorn, Bacopa Snowflake.
Angel Pelargonium Charmay Marjorie, Calibrachoa Can-Can Black Cherry, Calibrachoa Starlight Pink, Lobelia Snowball.
Scented Leaves Pelargonium Ardwick Cinnamon, Calibrachoa Can-can Black Cherry, Diascia Diamond Dark Orange, Petunia Cascadia Indian Summer.
Rosebud Pelargonium Graingers Antique Rose. Gruffalo watering can courtesy of my daughter.
Salvia Nematoda Cardonna, 2 x verbena Aztec Silver Magic, 2 x Lobelia Sapphire, 1 x Laurentia Stargazer. First photo when planted in May, second photo 3rd week of June.
3 x Cupid Pink Dwarf Sweet Pea, 2 x Diascia Little Dancer (overwintered in the greenhouse, miraculously survived), 2 x Alyssum Snow Cloth, 3 x Lobelia Crimson Fountain.
Dahlia Honka Fragile
Osteospermum Sky & Ice, 3 x Geranium New Century White (bush), 3 x Geranium Blanche Roche (trailing)
Rudbeckia Irish Eyes x 4, Rudbeckia Rustic Dwarf, Rudbeckia Sahara.
Potentilla Nepalensis Ron Macbeath
Delphinium, Petunia Lime
Erisimum Rysi Copper, Bidens Bee Alice, Diascia Diamond Dark Orange x 2
3 x Antirrhinum Tom Thumb, Gypsophilia
Erysimum Bowles’s Mauve (one large, 1 small, which is a cutting from the large that I took last year), Aztec Silver Magic Verbena, Ipomoea Black Tone.
Pink Geranium, Scented Leaves Pelargonium Chocolate Peppermint, 2 x Lobelia Snowball
Lollipop Verbena, Aztec Silver Magic Verbena x 2, Trailing Lobelia x 2.
Dahlia Bishops Children, Ipomoea Black Tone x 2.
Dahlia Bishops Children, Petunia Cascadia Indian Summer
Zinnia Hot Mix x 2, Zinnia Giant Lime, Zinnia Mazurkia x 2
2 X Antirrhinum night & day, Petunia Pink Vein, Petunia Lime.
Geranium (don’t know what it is, it’s part of one in the border that I divided in Autumn).
Purple geranium, 2 x Pelargonium Attar of Roses, Petunia Royal Posy, Petunia Creme Brûlée.
Purple Geranium, Petunia Royal Posy, Petunia Creme Brûlée.
3 x Petunia Posy, Zaluzianskya (Night Phlox) Midnight Candy.
More from Hampton Court. Bucket from Garden Brocante. Scented leaf pelargonium Attar of Roses, Species hybrid pelargonium Ardens, Unique pelargonium Mystery. All from Fibrex
Update: A couple of pictures at the beginning of June, with the pots in place. The geraniums are all putting on a good show already:
And here is an old wheelbarrow planted up on 2nd July. Few of the plants looking a bit sickly because I left them out in pots the sun and it’s been scorchio!
Loads of plants in this one:
Pennisetum advena Rubrum, Liatris spicata, Lavandula elegans ice, dahlia (no name!), Verbena rigida (looking very poorly), Campanula, Salvia farinacea, 2 x Osteospermum, 2 x ivy, Ipomoea Black Tone x 2, loads of purple verbena and loads of mixed Petunia. And here it is at the beginning of August..
And another picture after I planted it up for Winter. I composted all of the almost dead petunias and verbena, and the dahlia and geraniums have gone in the greenhouse. I’m taking a risk and leaving everything else in over winter. Will see what happens. I’ve added lots of violas and pansies, a couple of hellebores, 4 cyclamen and a little lime green conifer. It’s a welcome splash of colour as you come in the front gate, and I can see it from the living room which is nice.