Spring is my favorite Season! The air smells different, the sky is clearer, colors are more vivid. Everything is coming back to life! It’s a time of renewal, possibility, & hope. Life is constantly changing—just like the Seasons. So, after a long, gray winter with bare trees and flowerless stems, Spring is a promise from God that the cycle of life continues. No matter how sad, cold and gray it gets, there will always be Spring and better things coming.
Flowers are one of the little things in life that give me joy! I thought I would share a couple of my “go to” plants that I use in my yard every spring and summer. There a so many to choose from and these are the ones that work well for my yard!
Mandevilla is one of my favorite climbing vines. It loves heat, and blooms from May to the first frost (sometimes a bit longer)! Large leaves and thick vines, make it pretty sturdy and it blooms nonstop. I usually get the pink, but they come in a velvety red and fuchsia color too. Hummingbirds love them. And this thing can climb! They are a little pricey—I usually get mine at Costco for around $24 – $26 and they are two or even three times the size of those I find in the garden centers (which are usually way more expensive)! To me it’s a small investment every year for a full spring and summer of color! I put these in large pots with trellises and also plant them right in the ground. The like to climb and are perfect in front of a trellis or fence and with a little directional coaxing they will climb anywhere and anything you want.. I put one of these on either side of the arbor and gate between my yard and my daughter’s yard and planted hosta in an arch in front of them to hide the pots!
Lobelia is one of my favorite plants for hanging baskets. It has beautiful delicate purple and white flowers and dark green foliage. It likes sun, but don’t let it get too dry. I usually do two baskets of these on either side of the French doors and then use them in my pots on the patio combined with other flowers to add a punch of purple! They look gorgeous when they fill in and grow a bit more.
Geraniums, Sweet Pea, Bacopa and Million Bells
I have flower pots in assorted sizes and I like to use three different sized flowers in each. They are in full sun all day and these flowers seem to hold up well. I use bacopa as a filler and for spilling over the edge of the pot. They get very full and have very delicate tiny flowers—I have seen them in pale pink, lavender and white. They usually run about $4.99 for a 4” pot but I think they are well worth it, you only need two in a giant pot (one in front and one in back). Million Bells (tiny petunias) are what I use as the medium flowers-they also come in a wide array of colors from deep purple and red to palest pinks, yellows and more. I put them in between the bacopa on the other two sides. I haven’t found anything that gets fuller than these two.
You can use dahlias, sweet pea, geraniums or whatever you like to provide height in the middle, even an ornamental grass looks good. They grow quickly and fill in fast until you have a mass of color! We have had a lot of rain this season, the weatherman said 6 months worth in one month! My plants aren’t as full as usual right now, but with more sunny days and I am sure that will change.
Here are a few shots of my potted plants. They have a bit to go before they fill out–I just have to be patient!
Hopefully once the weather gets better, the plants will do better too! I love flowers and plants of any type and these are a few that do well where I live. I’m waiting patiently for my hydrangea!
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