Appraising Annuals

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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!

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‘Bada Boom’ white begonias, ‘New Look’ dusty miller, and caladiums, thriving in shade.

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Chartreuse coleus? Can’t find the label, but its color really pops in the beds.

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Celosia ‘Fresh Look’ — my favorite new annual. I may never go without its bushy gold plumes again.

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‘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.

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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.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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4 Responses to Appraising Annuals

  1. Guy McClure says:

    Love the caladiums! I don’t think they could thrive on my southern exposure balcony. :(

  2. cara says:

    Hi Guy, caladiums like heat…but they also like shade. Maybe you can tuck them underneath something that would provide protection?

  3. Mary-Liz says:

    Try my favorites: scavola & lantana……….and Tropicana cannas for drama!

  4. Coppermaven says:

    Lantana, alas, needs lots of sun I have found out…

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