No set lists, buy what you like!


When I go out and buy plants for containers, I have an idea of what I want to get, but no set list. I generally just pick out what I like, bring it all home and hope that I have a good combination of tall plants, medium sized plants and trailers to fill up the my pots and hanging baskets.

This year, I picked up a couple of pots of the petunia pictured here, and the more I see it growing, the more I like it! The variety is "Merlin Blue Morn" and upon closer inspection of the label, I find that it is an All American Selections Winner. From 2003! Where have I been, and why didn't I find this plant sooner?

I planted it alone in a moss lined wire wheelbarrow shaped planter on my front porch so I see it every morning when I go out to get the paper. It's next to a pot that I planted with all white flowers, with a touch of a silver leaved trailing plant, so it has no nearby competition as far as color goes. This makes it stand out even more.

If had worked out a planting scheme for all of my containers ahead of time and gone out shopping with a list of specific plants to buy, I might have missed out on this petunia. I do have an idea of some of my "regular" plants that I buy every year. Begonias for the hanging baskets on the front porch, impatiens for some long boxes under the window on the porch, a few geraniums, some ivy, etc. But otherwise, if I see a plant that I like, I get it and then figure out where to put it.

I did end up a little short of plants this year as far as containers go, and so, "gasp", I still have a few empty containers that I'd like to plant up before it gets too late in the season. I think I ended up short because there was so much rain while I was on vacation that I didn't get my first batch of plants into the containers as quick as I normally would have, so I didn't have that extra time to make a second pass through all the nurseries and garden centers.

I am sure the garden center people will be happy to see me coming out to buy more plants this weekend. I just hope they have some fresh stock on hand for me to pick from. If not, I hope they are charging half price!

Comments

the sister with the homestead said…
Very pretty plant. Where did you find it?

When you are out looking, let me know if you see some pretty impatiens