TIME FOR A MID-SEASON APPRAISAL of annuals.
Some are disappointing. I won’t show pictures of them. You don’t need to see ‘Durango’ yellow marigolds that for some mysterious reason are not thriving, despite sun and even some Miracle-Gro, or common ‘Hawaii Blue’ ageratum turning all brown at the centers (why?).
In other years, I might not bother much with annuals, but because this is my first season gardening here in East Hampton, and my perennials are still babies, I wanted some additional spots of color. And of course, I always do annuals in containers.
There are quite a few successful, satisfying plants, both in the beds and in pots. The winners are pictured here.
To all a happy 4th!
‘Bada Boom’ white begonias, ‘New Look’ dusty miller, and caladiums, thriving in shade.
Chartreuse coleus? Can’t find the label, but its color really pops in the beds.
Celosia ‘Fresh Look’ — my favorite new annual. I may never go without its bushy gold plumes again.
‘Sweet Caroline’ green/yellow Ipomoea batatas — a type of sweet potato vine. More commonly used in hanging baskets, but I’ve planted it in a bed near the front door.
Dark rose ‘Angel Mist’ angelonia, caladium tubers, dusty miller, and a supermarket oxalis left over from St. Patricks Day, flowering white in a pot on my front deck.