Annuals in Pots STILL Looking Good

by Susan Harris

Here it is Thanksgiving week and I can hardly believe I’m showing off annuals, in pots -  still.  They’re the container plantings that Homestead Annuals Manager Kerry Kelley helped me with back in April, and that you saw again at mid-summer.

'Compact Orange' Calis with Purple Fountain Grass

Not all the plants are still here, though – I removed a couple to make room for a red cabbage - because mixing ornamentals and edibles is ever-so practical, right?  Except that this cabbage has clearly fed the cabbage loopers and no one else.  Next year I’ll try some Bt, or switch to spinach, a fall crop that the loopers disdain like kids and broccoli.  But look at those Cali’s, will ya?  That’s the nickname for Calibrachoas, which I won’t even try to remember.

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' has looked good all season

Some night soon this nonhardy Euphorbia will bite the dust – or I could bring it indoors and use it to doll up some pointsettias.  (Photos of that combination coming soon).

'Vancouver Centennial' Geraniums are still blooming

Finally, my great new love in potted annuals is this outstanding geranium-  the Vancouver Centennial.  Still with the stunning foliage, and still blooming its heart out.
Thanks to Kerry for guiding me in my choices of long-lasting plants for the location of honor in my garden – in pots on the front porch.   With her help, my horizons have finally expanded beyond petunias and sweet potato vine.   As much as I love them – still - she made me see that the cool thing about annuals is trying new ones every year.

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