Yesterday I planted several perennials and annuals in containers on my front and back porch. Here are pictures and a short description of each plant and care instructions.
Pink Pop Hyssop (Agastache astromontana ‘Pink Pop’):
Flowers from mid-summer through early fall that attract butterflies. This perennial can grow 2-3 ft tall and wide. Very drought and heat tolerant once established. Insect and disease resistant- plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Metallicum’:
Grows to 12 in. tall and 18-24 inches wide. Partial sun to shade, great for a shady porch or under trees. Prefers moist, well drained soil.
Dwarf Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria sp ‘Pink or Red’):
Blooms spring to fall, need to remove spent flowers to encourage new growth and more blooms. Makes great cut flowers. Full-partial sun in well drained soil-severe heat may slow growth. Grows 12″ tall and wide. Twist and pull out spent stems- do not pinch or cut- this encourages the rhizome will be stimulated to produce new shoots.
Pink Million Bells (Calibrachoa):
They love the heat- be sure to place them in full sun- even 4-5 hours of afternoon sun during the hottest part of summer. Great for containers and hanging baskets since they have a vining habit. Keep soil moist, watering 2-3 times a week. Attract hummingbirds. Continual flowering from spring to fall. When watering, try to keep water off the leaves.
Dragon Wing Begonia (Begonia sempervirens):
Full sun to shade- grows 12 to 15 inches tall and 18-24″ wide. May grow taller in deep shade. Water regularly keeping water off leaves and flowers.
Pineapple Lily (Eucomis Comosa ‘Tugela Jade’):
Topped in August with 18″ flower spikes that are chartreuse in bud and open into white flowers. They will come back year after year and spread if left alone. They are slow to emerge in spring and usually appear after other flowers are already showing new growth. This perennial likes full sun with some shade at the hottest part of the day. The flowers are followed by green berries- grows 18″ tall and 1 1/2 ft wide in clumps. Needs moist, well drained soil.
Orange Avens (Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’):
Plant in full- partial sun, attracts butterflies. Low-maintenance perennial growing 18″ tall and 16″ wide. Clumps will need to be divided every 3-4 years to keep plants healthy, prune back hard after blooming to encourage health of foliage. Needs well drained soil.
This was an impulse buy- at $1.50 I couldn’t resist the lovely leaves. I am not sure that this plant is a frosty begonia- I am headed back to the plant place again on Friday- so I will ask for more info while I am there. For now, I have this plant in part. sun on the front porch.