Gardening – Sun Container Recipes


Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

By: Ryan Vollmer Professional Gardener

For many years in the summer I would sit in bed at night fretting over all the things I had to do in the garden:  move the roses, not enough sun; pull the ivy off all the trees, refresh the driveway gravel….  The list was always long and my anxiety was always high.  I had to get everything done before the summer ended!

Leave it to me to turn gardening into a stressful experience!   Yet when I’m actually working in the garden, I’m always relaxed, focused, in the zone.  Nothing else makes me feel that way.   I keep hoping I’ll feel that way when I go to the gym, but I spend the entire time watching the clock and scowling over the perfect bodies on parade.  “I’ll never look like that…… It smells in here….  this hurts…”

When I’m gardening, I forget about everything, most importantly myself.  

Over the years I have tried to stop thinking about the garden as a giant “to do” list.  I’m not totally successful in purging these thoughts from my mind, but I’m not nearly as obsessed with “getting stuff done” as I used to be. The main reason:  the garden’s always changing.  I can’t control it.  It will never stay put.    Every summer there will be new things to do.  If it was finished, what would I do with myself?  How would I relax?  So I try to enjoy it and be in the moment.

 

Since the garden is always in flux, always changing, I’ve found a way to get some immediate gratification: container gardens.

I used to be obsessed with perennials.  Annuals meant impatiens, so boring.  Was I ever wrong.  There are so many amazing annuals.  I’m always discovering something new and wonderful.  Every summer I plant a number of containers because they look good immediately, I don’t have to worry about them and they are fun to create.   Through much trial and error I’ve learned how to put together sun and shade combinations that last through summer and fall.  A lot of annuals don’t last the whole summer, like petunias.  They look spectacular in May, but by August, they are leggy and funky, at least in zone 7.  But there are quite a few annuals that look spectacular and last until frost.  What follows are some recipes for containers that will give you months of color and no hassle.

Sun Container Plants

Mandavilla vine
Croton
Grasses
Dragon Wing Begonia
Vinca
Lantana
Succulents
Impatiens (all kinds)

   
Croton, Burgundy Grass, Pink Dragon Wing, Variegated Vinca

Croton, Burgundy Grass, Pink Dragon Wing, Variegated Vinca


Madavilla Vine and Double Impatiens

Madavilla Vine and Double Impatiens

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

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