Incrediball hydrangea with red coleus

Cottage Style Decorating with bold hydrangeas

Cottage style decorating with bold hydrangeas can be seen here at the home of Flowergardengirl in North Carolina zone 7. I’ve been working with hydrangea cultivars for the past 10 years and have learned what they will do fantastically and where they have weaknesses. They will bloom prolifically if fertilized at the right time. What you fertilize them with turns out to be a key factor. Continue reading

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Blue on Blue Flower Container Combinations

Blue on Blue Flower Container Combinations

Blue containers attract the flower gardener more than any other color. Here we see a pretty tin container with lobelia ‘Sky Blue’

and it always looks together with yellow! lobelia ‘Blue Sky’ with yellow nemesia

I can’t go a summer without planting angelonia( tall plant). It comes in pink, white, purple, and a blue. See the PW site for options. The pretty blue centers of Supertunia ‘Mini Veined Blue’ makes this a nice harmonious combination.

Scaevola ‘Whirlwind Blue’

You can’t go wrong with a birdhouse close by and the sweet heavenly scent of heliotrope ‘Atlantis’

having grey close by softens the look…..

Here is a bright blue in the Leadwort contrasting against the angelonia.

So go out and create a blue container and then pair them together with blue birdhouses, dishes, pitchers, candles, …….

all photos curtesy of Proven Winners Plants.

I know how to kill lamium


I didn’t want to kill it. Confession: I know how to kill lamium and it’s easy. I had a very pretty patch of lamium which usually started blooming about right now. However, it croaked last season when I put pine needles in my beds. Has this happened to anyone else? It’s a mint so I assumed it was indestructible.

I looked back at a post last year and it was blooming on the 15th of January.

Summer Solstice zinnia glow dominates the autumn border

Beyond the ‘Crocodile Tears’ of the new coleus by PW and past the ‘Foxtail’ fern, autumn arrives on the front porch. ‘Summer Solstice’ narrow leaf zinnias are the dominating yellow right now.

Pumpkins and pretty purple mums accent the walkway to my front door.

Zinnias spill over and mingle with the vinca. The blue of annual salvia standing out amongst the yellows and golds.

I can’t sing the praises enough of the yellow narrow leaf zinnia planted in my gardens this year.

I’m especially impressed with the variety ‘Summer Solstice‘ by Botanical Interests Seeds. I’ll be planting lots more–if possible–next year. This sells out early so don’t wait to order some.

Click on this link to see video of my gardens.