Monday, May 31, 2010

The Containers are Planted!

I got the containers planted over the May long weekend, but am a little behind with posts (I've been photographing containers, lilacs & tulips and couldn't figure out which to put together!).

Here are my containers of Blue Star Petunias and trailing lobelia (white & blue), I lined them up side by side for quick planting...

And then set them into the wall. They grow well here with just morning sun, the petunias get nice & tall and the lobelia trails over the wall. In the daff bed below I planted some Tiger Eye Gold Rudbeckia and Yellow Snapdragons, I bought too many so...

I planted a few extra containers for the sunroom wall, there are some blue lobelia tucked in as well.

I always do a barrel planter with the same plants as the wall containers (blue star etc), and a Dracaena for height.

Remember my 3 matching pots? I've planted romaine lettuce into the big one, patio tomatoes in middle one, and soem strawberries into the little one. I don't think they get enough sun tucked into the corner here, but I haven't found a great spot for them yet.

I thought I was done, but then found a Tomatoberry plant at a hardware store, I remember seeing an article in a magazine about this new plant, and it looks very pretty. I suspect this pot will be too small, I'll find a better home for it later on.

Does this count as container planting? I like having a cedar in a pot on the porch. I tried to dig last years in at the end of the season, but it didn't make it through the winter.
Here is an orange Thunbergia, all ready to get climbing. I can't wait to see the happy & plentiful flowers.

And lastly, I really liked these Pink Dreams Petunias, and have this extra pot which floats around my yard, I put perennials needing TLC in it occasionally, but it's generally underused. Now it's planted and beautifying the side door into the dog yard.


  1. Hi Rebecca! Fabulous! I loove that big blue pot...woahh..gotta have one! Awesome your three matching sweet..and thanks for reminding me to get some is a favorite!
    Happy Gardening!

  2. The great thing about post is you can move them if they are not getting enough light. All of your containers look great!

  3. I've just finished potting up as well ... your containers will all look fabulous when the plants are blooming. Just love that set of three matching pots ... and the cedar looks great on the porch.

  4. Glad you were able to find the petunias you had wanted. I love them and their scent in the evenings. I'm about done with containers too, just need to get a couple more then I'm finished.

  5. Hi Kiki, I thought you might like the blue pot! It's a favorite of mine as well. Lobelia ia such a great plant, always gotta have some. Thanks for your post! :)

    Hi Laura, You're absolutely right! Much easier than having to dig out and plant for relocation.

    Hi Bernie, Thanks so much for stopping by! I visited your lovely blog and tried to post but something about your page keeps crashing my browser. Sorry I can't visit properly. :( I enjoy the cedar by the front door, it has such a lovely scent, and I'm pretty happy with my little 3 pot vegetable 'patch' too.

    Hi Catherine, Yes, it is a good thing I could find them, not sure what I would have done otherwise. I look forward to seeing your containers! :)

  6. These are looking beautiful already; they will be even prettier once plants start to flower.
    I’m growing Impatiens in containers, they are very easy to grow and so pretty.
    I have never heard of a Tomatoberry plant. Strawberries will enjoy it there. They just need enough sun, so those berries will be sweet.

  7. Rebecca girl you have been so busy !
    I think my container for the front step is not looking so wonderful .. ever since it all started off badly with me losing Wizard coleus from that last surprise frost .. darn it all, I think it put a curse on the whole thing rally ? LOL .. Your containers will look amazing though and I can't wait to see how they look when they are filling out ! Your three matching pots are gorgeous .. and I think at one time I had one that looked like them .. heaven knows what happened to it !
    I have been laid up with back discs screaming at me .. maybe I lugged one too many bags of soil .. but couldn't it wait until I was finished most of my "must do" jobs in the garden ? JEEZ ! I have plants on the deck "dying" to be planted !! LOL
    Joy : )

  8. Hi vrtlarica, thanks for your message! I'll be sure to update in a month or 2 when things are growing and blooming.

    Hey joy, thanks for your message. I'm sorry to hear about your back, that's awful, be sure to get lots of rest. I know what you mean about the 'must dos' though, but just think, if they were still at the garden centre they'd be stuck in pots anyhow. Sorry about your coleus, those late frosts are such a pain.

  9. I like your efficient pot assembly line in the first photo. They fit perfectly into the brick wall, and the lobelia will look fabulous spilling down the brick. The cedar shows up well against your nice brown bricks.

  10. Hi Northern, Thanks for your post, it was much more efficent and less back breaking than my previous method. For a few years I planted directly into soil in the wall, but it was very hard to maintain soil moisture, I was watering all the time! This works much better for happy plants. :)

  11. Rebecca, you have been a very busy little girl while I was away. I haven't even started my pots and you are all finished!

  12. Hi Deborah, no worries, at least yours aren't in danger of freezing like mine are!

  13. Hi Rebecca. Your containers for the planter are going to be so pretty. I love the plant combination you chose. It will go so well with your yellows later also. Where do you live so I can come by and steal the big blue pot. Its beautiful. LOL!

  14. Hi Lona, thanks for your post! Your containers are always amazing, mine are quite simple by comparison, but still fun to have around. I'm flattered that you like my pot, they are still available, if you come visit me I'll buy one for you. ;)

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