Here’s the progress of the street planter I planted with randomly chosen Ball annuals (in addition to the cannas we always have in these). Sorry—the images were not taken from the same angle. (I always think of these scientific criteria too late.) But from any angle, it’s clear that the Ball starts did very well in their streetside planter. As did the cannas this year. Considering that it’s been very hot and not that wet, I’m happy with the results.
You can’t see the verbena and angelonia, which are hiding under the canna leaves, but they’re thriving, considering that handicap. I also tried some of the Ball osteospermum in planters at home with less than admirable results. Boy did they get leggy! And it would be nice to get a critical mass of blooms before frost. Still waiting for those.
This is the time of year—though there is plenty of season left—when I take a good look at what worked and what didn’t in terms of summer-peaking annuals and perennials. As always, strobilanthes is a big winner. I am now using this metallic purple foliage plant in the ground as well as in containers; it branches gracefully and weaves itself among the bulbs and perennials, which—thanks to the rudbeckia lacianata, rudbeckia hirta, heliopsis, and some of the lilies—are trending yellow. Love the lacianata “Golden Glow.” Who needs a yellow dahlia, zinnia, or mum when this plant is around?
And of course, the biggest thrill this year is finally entering the vegetable sweepstakes (Saturday’s pickings above).
Did you play favorites this year?