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July 27, 2015

Updates on the Planters and Perennials

The new planter with the big metal sphere has gone wild!  I'm wondering if I should go ahead and trim the plants back or leave it alone.  The sphere has disappeared and I'm surprised how tall some of these got.   
This weekend the patio is getting treated to kill off the grass and weeds that aren't supposed to be there. Every time Dan wanted to spray we were going to get rain and we'd like a few days of dryness before the surface is soaked again.  I mentioned before we're going to try that mix with the Epsom salts, vinegar and dish soap.  I've read it's very effective!

The white Sunpatiens have done great- though they wilt so easily.  They don't tolerate getting dry.

Just beyond them you can see the purple petunias which have become huge.

I am tickled with how this Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes) has takeoff. The dangling Dichondra looks like water falling which was my goal since the cute little planter had that big fake water drop hanging from it!  I suppose I should nip back that long branch that shot out but in person it looks cute.

I found this plant growing out of the side of a planter.   I took my chances and transplanted it.  It looked dead for a couple of days but sprung back to life and now it's flowering daily so soon I will find out what it is.  The dirt I used in the planter came from out back near a composted pile of leaves and pumpkins.  The flower is large and kind of an orange/yellow so I'm kind of thinking it's going to be a  pumpkin plant.  

The campanula has been flowering now for a couple of weeks.  The center looks like something laid in it so now it's sort of spread into a U shape.

The hostas are blooming all around here.  
When I planted these hostas they stayed small for a good while but have gotten large and threatening a takeover of the pathway!  The satiable is just getting going- should make a good sow soon!

Apparently I needed more hostas!  I saw a plant at a store that wanted a ghastly amount for them so I checked with my local "Hosta Lady" and she had some.  These are called Gypsy Rose.  Now I need to find a spot for them!   They are hard to find so I'm glad I got some.   Next year they'll look a lot better.  Looks like I could split these into four plants!

The geraniums in this planter by the garage finally started to bloom like crazy!    

The day lilies have been blooming away too.  

Sunday Gloves

By the house my planters are doing great.  
The rooster statue got a new paint job.  I decided to use white this year for several things.  

 When I chose the colors for this planter this year I decided to go all white to represent milk!

I've always thought the "flying pig" was such a cute symbol of optimism!
The pink watering can was pre planted when I got it and both the geranium and begonias have been doing great.

 These planters are going great.  I was hoping the yellow petunias would show more but I think the star flower plant may be too much competition for it in the size pot it's in.  The fuchsia is a big plant and owns a lot of real estate in the pot too.

 Both of these planters are growing like crazy.  My "Portland" Cha Ching petunias that I brought home with me are doing great.  The licorice (Splash) plants I put with it have taken over a bit but their mingling nicely!  The fiber optic grass has overpowered the white alyssum which is increasingly hard to see.  The begonias are holding their own- I may have to do some grooming of the grass- we'll see!  

I'm in love with this combo.  The Diascia (Genta Pink) has been performing non stop for a while along with the Euphoriba.   The Tri-color Sweet Potato Vine is my new favorite! The geraniums (So Amazing Neon) finally started to bloom- sure have been slow!

Out back on the arbor the planters are filling out nicely.  As you can see the wandering jew is doing great.  

At the right height you can really see a lot of growth.

 The plants in the little red wagon are going great.  I was out here around 8 a.m. and the sun peaked through and highlighted the flowers for me just in time!

I love how the ivy is spreading out too.  

So that's a quick update on the planters and perennials!



  1. What beautiful stagings for beautiful flowers
    the "waterfall" is impressive

  2. All your planters look lovely, but my favorite is the milk can with the beautiful white arrangement !

  3. Everything really is doing so well! It all looks really beautiful! I love the water drop planter best of all. xx

  4. Hi Liz, your garden and blooms are doing incredible. It's all so pretty and lush. Our heat is so hot now it's all we can do to keep the flowers going. Still no blooms on my hydrangea. It's huge and green but no flowers. I think it got too much rain in our wet spring. Any ideas!
    Thanks for sharing your amazing garden. cm

  5. I love seeing pictures of your garden it is an inspiration. I have a ceramic cat just like the one you have in your garden.

  6. Everything is looking fantastic! And there's always room for another hosta. :)


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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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