July has been hot and dry. I try not to complain, as I know in many areas it has been hotter and drier for longer. But the fact remains that the daylilies and roses would be putting on a better show if they had more consistent moisture.When I moved late last fall, many plants came along in containers. Most of them are still in containers as I work to clear ground for them, either by weeding existing garden areas or creating new ones. And I gratefully received sample plants from several growers, and many of these also went into containers. So this has been the year of container growing for me, which means a lot of hand watering.
Good Looking Container Plantings
Below is my most successful container planting, which is a good thing, since there are two of these flanking the mailbox at the edge of the road.With the exception of the scabiosa, which is a trial plant from Skagit Gardens, all of the plants in this container are trial plants from Proven Winners, and will be available next year. Unlike my other containers, I am only watering these once a week (temps have been in the high 80s) and they are doing fabulously. I had originally wanted to plant a variegated canna where the coleus is, but, alas, the canna didn’t winter over.
I won the cordyline at the Asheville Fling. It is a new plant from the Southern Living Collection. I wouldn’t have bothered taking it home because it is only hardy to Zone 8, but Barbara Wise, author of Container Gardening for All Seasons assured me that it would work for me as a houseplant. I haven’t decided yet if I will winter it over in the house. It depends on how big it gets. I paired it with two trial plants of Proven Winners’ Blushing Princess alyssum. This is a sister to Snow Princess alyssum which I trialed a couple of years ago and really liked. Blushing Princess has a hint of lavender that complements the deep maroon of the cordyline. I did winter over this Dragonwing begonia. It was in a smaller pot last year when in the house. I think I will have to root cuttings mid-August and pot them up to winter over. This is too big to bring in.
Growing In The Slope Garden
I am just going to list the plants growing in the Slope Garden the previous owner planted. I don’t know any of the variety names and probably never will. But if anyone can tell me what ornamental grass this is, I’d be much obliged.
- red bee balm
- pink yarrow (Cerise Queen?)
- a reddish-orange daylily of simple form
- butterfly weed
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