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May 25, 2018

Potted Annuals and May Garden Party

Welcome to my garden and to our May Garden Party

I love to plant lots of annuals and I've been very busy planting away here! I primarily put my annuals in baskets and planters so here is what I’ve been up to!  Fair warning- this is a heavy picture post!

I put a large Cleome plant called Señorita Rosalita and surrounded it with White Alyssum in my big black tulip shaped planter.  In a few weeks that Alyssum should make a nice skirt around it.

I made up an arrangement with Dichondra (Silver Falls) that will drape over and grow down the side along with the Purple Calibrachoa (Calitastic Indigo) and Nemesia (Sunsatia Lemon)

I set the frog planter on the ground one afternoon and Dan decided he liked it there so I brought out a stand and perched him on it so the flowers can grown down the sides. 

I filled him with some Purple Petunias and a different variety of Creeping Jenny (Variegated).  It doesn't much look like the Creeping Jenny I'm accustomed to but I wanted to give it a try.  I like the lime green color with the purple.

Dan bought me this cute bike planter recently and I loaded it with white Wave Petunias in the lower section and a Geranium called Brocade Wilhelm Langguth which will be red when it blooms.  It has pretty bi-color green and white leaves.  I added more of the white alyssum to fill in around it.

Just above the bike I filled this basket planter with a new Petunia called Pistachio Cream and in the center is a Supertunia called Black Cherry. 

If you look closely at the flower it's creamy white in the center and has a pistachio green edge.  Can't wait for it to fill out more.  

Flanking the garage door are my two white planters.

I really went a different direction this year and put a Prince Tut (Cyperus Papyrus) (should grow anywhere from 30 to 48" tall) in the center and surrounded it with Supertunia (Royal Velvet),  Superbells Tropical Sunrise (Calibrachoa) and in the back is a white Flowering Kale/Cabbage.

On the deck I have a new bistro dining set. 

 I filled a planter for the table with another White Wave Petunia, more White Alyssum and Flowering Kale/Cabbage.

This beautiful planter is from last year and I put a Dracaena in the center with Lantana (Bandana Red) to anchor the sides.

Butterflies love this plant and I believe the hummingbirds do too! 

In the corner by the side of the house I filled  this big planter with a deep red Dahlia (XXL Taxco), Creeping Jenny and Superbena (Royal Chambray)

I'm in love with this Royale Chambray color!  Love how the yellowish green Creeping Jenny looks next to it.

Near the walkout area to the patio I always put a pair of planters.  I found these beautiful pottery pieces at T.J. Maxx this year that are made in Spain.  I thought they'd make a nice compliment to the big blue handled planter I showed earlier.

This pot has one Coleus (Pink Chaos) and I skirted it with Pink Alyssum.  That Coleus looks delicate but last year I found out it grows pretty large so this will fill in nicely.

More Flowering Kale/Cabbage along with Sedum mexicanum (Lemon Coral), white Dianthus (Ideal Select White), asters and a little more of the pink Alyssum.  

This Begonia called Waterfall Encanto Orange grabbed my attention.  Orange was my primary color I chose for my accents this year.  This has a row of more of the Dichondra Silver Falls that will drape along the sides.  (I cheated and split the Dichondra plants up to get more but it will take a few weeks for them to start spreading out.

This orange geranium (Savannah Oh So Orange) is very intense.  I added Calibrachoa (Calitastic Indigo) around the base for a heavy purple and orange combo.

I'm only sharing one picture from my Fairy Garden- more next week!

Working up the steps to head out back I have two planters.  

I could not walk away from this Geranium- it's called Flamingo Rose!  I'm geeking about Flamingos this year!  I've seen accent pillows, rugs, beach towels, dishes- you name it!


I fell for this plant called Angelface (Perfectly Pink) and added some Diamond Frost which will fill out around it.

I saw this planter chair and bought it without hesitation!  I added a coco liner and filled it with White Dianthus,  Flowering Kale/Cabbage and Bacopa (Snowstorm Blue).

Let's head into the shade.

I changed up where a few of my planters are located and how I used some others. 

The big planter has a row of Impatiens (Deep Orange) and in the center I have an Elephant Ear planted.

It's barely up and I don't know much about growing them but I decided to try it this year.  I do know they like the outside temps to be warm so it's going to take off soon (I hope!).

By the bench I planted Begonias (Nonstop Mocca Orange)

I hope they'll fill this out with plenty of plump flowers!

The black obelisk stand was on the deck the past few years.  I decided to give it a try out on the patio.

This is a Calibrachoa (Superbell Grape Punch)  I only put one plant in because I know how well this will fill out.

Calibrachoa (Superbells Lemon Slice)

The black stand was also on the deck last year.  I loaded it with this big round blue planter.  

I put an Ornamental Pepper (Chilly Chili) and Bracteantha (Straw flower/Helichrysum) (Mohave Orange).  

The little blue pot has more Blue Bacopa, Flowering Kale/Cabbage and the Lemon Coral Sedum.

The "Hosta Hill" is still coming alive.  The hostas were slow to come up and have a ways to go.  I planted a bunch of the orange impatiens along the edge.  In another week this will look so different.  There are so many hostas that just haven't filled out yet.  It's been a dry spring and I have to run the sprinkler to help things along.

Next to the fountain (which isn't running yet) I put a combo of orange and white wax begonias.

I found this beautiful Caladium (I think it's called Rose Glow but I can't find my tag).  I put two Foxtail Ferns next to it and some of the Orange Impatiens.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.

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  1. Liz, your gardens look so pretty. I know you have waited a very long time, but it's finally here. Lovely blooms are surrounding you. You have created some beautiful vignettes. Your fairy garden always entices me and you gave us a teaser. Enjoy your lovely blooms and have a great Memorial Day weekend. It has been so much fun hosting this garden party with you.

  2. I loved seeing all your various containers that add so much whimsy and interest to your garden, Liz. Thank you for sharing all the names of the flowers and plants that you've used. It all looks so beautiful and I know your garden is your passion, by all the loving care that you've done.

  3. Liz, looks like you had a ball planting your pretty flowers in all of your lovely containers! Have you counted them yet? They look so lovely and definitely will be gorgeous showcases this summer. I'm so far behind planting this year. It's been so rainy and yet the flowers I have planted in hanging baskets still need watering. I don't know if I will ever finish or just give up!

  4. I just love seeing all your flowers and pots. I love that plaque that has your name on it. May I ask where you got it?

    1. It was ordered from Whitehall Products directly. Here is the link to their website.https://whitehallproducts.com

  5. Pretty now, gorgeous later when everything fills out! I'm not sure I could keep all those planters watered... it would be quite a task here in Georgia!
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  6. Liz,
    From the very beginning of meeting you in blogville I have adored your gardens! You have such a passion for growing and it shows in every detail of your garden estate. Love these containers, Liz. They add such interest to the various nooks and pondering points in the various regions of your gardens. Love it all and in no time at all these pots will be overflowing with massive blooms!
    I sure am enjoying gardening partying with you!

  7. Liz, your garden is so lovely with all the beautiful annuals planted in your gorgeous pots. I just love the stones and walls that add so much interest to your garden. The frog planter is the cutest thing! I think it's really nice to add whimsy to our gardens and he must make you smile. My annuals are really bolting now and I hope to do a post on them soon. Thank you for inviting me to your party. Maybe next time I'll focus more on my gardens. ♥

  8. Liz, you have been busy! All your containers are filled with gorgeous color. I know your outdoor spaces are perfect for relaxing and enjoying all this beauty. Thanks for hosting.

  9. Gorgeous Liz! You’ve been so busy with your containers and I love all your combinations! I’ve never seen the variegated creeping Jenny before, I’ll have to be on the look out. We had some creeping Jenny leap out a pot and now have a carpet of it in our mulch. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden and Happy Memorial Day weekend.

  10. Your container garden is lovely - love the variety of containers and all the beautiful flowers

  11. Liz, it's all beautiful there in your woodland setting! Your gardens are always so pretty. Do you know that we can only grow kale in cool weather containers. When it gets hot here (NOW!) the kale will get tall and really strange looking. Love all of the plans you chose for your containers and the mix of colors too.

    Happy Gardening Friend!

  12. Liz, what a lot of loving effort and hard work you put into all that potting! Wow. You have the neatest pots, it's impossible to choose the one I like best. And, I love the combinations of colors, textures and flowers. Wish I could join u for a glass of iced tea and a chat in your garden.

  13. Oh my Liz, you have been busy! All of your colorful planters are bursting with blooms! Your yard and garden are indeed delightful!

  14. Liz, beautiful containers filled with gorgeous flowers! You have been extremely busy to get all of that done. I love your hosta bed, there are so many varieties and color variations. Your Faries Garden is always a delight. Thanks for hosting!

  15. Liz, your planters are gorgeous already and I know just how much more beautiful they are going to be! I planted Alyssum in my urns around a Gerber Daisy and it is already full and trailing. My friend has planted that tall unusual plant that you have in your urn before, and I loved it! I need to get more creative with my pots and junk planters. It seems I plant a lot of the same things. Just now finding time to visit. :)

  16. Honest to goodness....your back, knees, shoulders, wrists ALL ought to be blown completely out!!!!!!! That took a LOT of work!!! I applaud you and want you to know that I’m jealous, jealous, jealous!!! I haven’t planted one single thing yet. I’ve thought about it plenty, but just haven’t yet. Afraid of being scolded.🤔 I love the cute new bistro set and REALLY love the flamingos...both the flowers AND the figurine!

  17. Just stunning Liz. So nice to see your garden coming to pretty life. Yeah we finally are out of winter and seeing a short spring and now summer weather moving in. All your hard work to get things planted look amazing and beautiful. Happy Memorial weekend.

  18. What a vast array of plants and planters,just stunning!Love your gorgeous garden!

  19. Liz,
    Your garden is so lovely with so many beautiful flowers!! I adore all your beautiful planters!! Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting this charming Garden Party!!

  20. Your deck looks like a wonderful spot on a summer afternoon. I grow lots of my plants in containers as well. The only down side is I have to stick around to keep them watered. - Margy


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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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