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May 29, 2015

Planters, Pots and Perennials!

I've been meaning to take pictures since last weekend when I finished planting my annuals.

We are about to get another downpour but I decided to get outside and see what I could get done before it starts again. 
The goal here is yellow blue and orange.  There are some yellow petunias that will be bursting out at the sides and fill in as the summer progresses.  We just had a downpour and everything is a bit floppy.

 These are an all white "SunPatiens" which is an impatiens plant that can take the sun planted with some multi-color sweet potato vine that should hang gracefully around the pot soon!

I'm flanking the steps to the deck with these pots this year.
The ferns are working their way out and spreading- I need to remove a few.

I planted one little Polka Dot plant with a piece of this Licorice Vine (Dichondra-Silver Falls) should be cute as it fills out.  

 I potted these up with only these deep purple "supertnnias" which will spread and hang over the sides. I may need to put them up higher if they get going as well as they have in my larger pots by the garage in the past.
They're going to stay positioned here by these steps.

 Almost nothing is flowering in this pot but it will be a soft pink lavender and white mix of colors when it gets going again.

I've barely put any time into the Fairy garden.  I moved the cottage over to this short wall so I can walk up to it and work on it more easily.  A few weeks ago I moved a few plants that were just starting to emerge over next to the cottage.  The dianthus is starting to bloom already!

 I randomly placed some violas around the stump for a woodland look and pop of color!

I stored the little stump in the garage for the winter.  I brought it out and was surprised to see this fungi that had grown at the base of the little chairs and table….pretty neat affect!  

This is where the Fairy garden cottage was last year.  I moved in a large stone, adjusted a few plants and it's already filling in.

 This is going to be a flush of red and I used some yellowish/orange violas mixed in with it too.  Do you see something in the center?

 I set a little swan in there for fun!

The iris have sent up their flower stems and should be open soon. There will be a yellow on the left and a mixed blue/white one just to the right with the orange ones closest to the steps.  I was hoping they'd all bloom at the same time…. please??

This woodland clematis jumped in my garden last year and happily came back!

A little garden whimsy!  I have a thing for flying pigs and we found this one through a catalog company and I couldn't resist.    He swings around in the wind like a weathervane!  This planter is loaded with some orange tulips, alyssum, fiber optic grass, sweet potato vine and a newer variety of lobelia called "superstar" that isn't supposed to mind the sun or stop flowering! YAY!  Give this a few weeks and it will be full of color!

My new planters with the blue/black Salvia (these in particular attract hummingbirds) orange geraniums and lime green sweet potato vines.  I pulled them away from the overhang so they'd get the rain.

My lilac topiary tree is loaded with blooms.  Last year I stopped sheering it into the shape I'd been keeping it in and only trimmed it right after if flowered.   That's what it needed and now it's ready to burst open with its' flowers!  This one is just heavily to smell- in fact it tends to linger in the air and you can smell it at a distance! Love!!

 Looking down the path to the patio (everything looks a bit messy right now) The Astilbe on the left of the hosts have filled in the most that I've seen them yet.  

 I still haven't planted these coral bells.  Tomorrow- tomorrow!  The Jack Frost Brunnera has continued to bloom and fill out.  What a great shade plant!

 The hosts are filling out daily.  The lime-light hydrangea shrubs were cut back severely last fall.  They were getting too large so they got shortened a lot!  Al the trees are dropping their "crud/seeds" and dirtying everything up.  The bird baths look dirty but the Robin's still love to bathe in them!  I'll get it cleaned up again this weekend.

 A new armillary piece Dan grabbed for me at a garden center.  I've been wanting one for a long time!

Just last week the green stone on the right stood there all by itself and now it's being hidden by the host already!  The hosta closest to the center is the one I moved and is doing fine.

 We bought the wire garden orb last year and hung it from a chain but this year I got the idea to put it in a pot.  I'm excited to see how this will look as it fills in!

I planted this with orange and white impatiens.  I debated on adding a vine and having it crawl on the wire but I really didn't want to enclose this so I decided against it.  I'm keeping my ideas more simple this year- going with what I know works well!

By the cement bench I added some violas to this "Foxtail Fern".  They ferns did real well here last year but got so large that when I pulled them out the whole thing came in one piece and there was barely any dirt left!  I bought smaller ones to start with this year.

Back by the fountain I potted these planters with more of the orange and white impatiens and the purple Cordyline spikes.  I've never tried them in shade so we'll see how those will do here.

 Nearby are these Japanese painted ferns that haven't amounted to much. This year they are showing up better (I was going to move them because last year they all but disappeared).  

They sit under this dwarf Japanese Maple tree.  I thought it looked pretty from the underside so I snapped this shot.

I added some orange wax begonias to the right side of the wall area.  Did you figure out that orange is my color this year?  Sorry these pictures aren't better…it's literally welling up and thundering out so I'm rushing through to take pictures.

 My little fairy has been standing guard now for about 4 years I believe!  
I wanted to paint her this year but she's so heavy I can't see lifting her out without destroying plants along the way.

This Sum and Substance Hosta really lives up to it's name!  It's better than 3 ft. across.

 This is my favorite planter this year!  I spotted this statue and twisted Dan's arm for yet another new item this year (it wasn't hard to do).  I  have more of the orange wax begonias, white alyssum and the fiber optic plant planted in it.  I think the fiber optic plant looks like water falling off the edge!

This little guy looks old but he's not.  It's a blend of fiberglass/resin and artfully painted to look old.

I think I will stop here- as it's starting to rain again!



  1. My Gosh- It all looks good right now. I can't imagine what it's going to look like when everything is fully established. You sure do have a good eye for plants and gardening placement, Liz. Love it- wish I could see it in person! xo Diana

  2. magnifique, j'admire vos vasques fleuries

  3. Liz, you are absolutely the planter queen! Each one is just beautiful, so perfect, so colorful and oh, I wish they were mine! You are really talented and I will say, you do have a green thumb! Awesome photographs!

  4. Your garden is beautiful already with lots more lovely things to come!! You have some very pretty ornaments and decorations as well! I hope that you enjoy it all summer long. xx

  5. I'm amazed by the beautiful collection of Hostas you have and they all look perfect, no holes of slugs or snails. Your garden looks so lush and green and you filled lots of pots with wonderful annuals, I like the little swan in one of the pots, so pretty.

  6. Your gardens are amazing, Liz! I love all of the hostas with those touches of orange! The little fairy stump is so cute with those new growths! Perfect! I know you and Dan just love spending time in your beautiful outdoor space!

  7. Liz,
    One word..... Stunning!! Your flowers and garden is jusr spectacular!! Love the flying Pig, the wire orb and the garden statue in the urn!! So pretty! We can no longer buy impatioens here. It is illegal to sell them in the state of Pa. in flats becuase of some sort of virus....... I usually plant hanging bags that I have with them but now I am at a loss for what to plant in them.....


  8. Fabulous plantings this year and your favorite is mine...you have a wonderful talent for putting together fabulous combinations.

  9. So many great pictures! Isn't it great to have a the annuals planted? I bought what looks just like the star-shaped flower in your first photos and put it in the ground. I have high hopes. :) I also bought some of the polka dot plant this year for the first time. I'm anxious to see what it does. No impatiens again this year, eh? I did buy some, but nowhere near as many as previous years. I don't fully trust them yet. I used fibrous begonias in their place, as well. Looking forward to watching all your pots fill in!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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