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Instant Color

June 1, 2016
annuals on steps In most of Maine, the end of May is the traditional time for setting out tender annuals. So last week, after I was assured by the weather forecasters that there was no danger of a surprise late frost, I began visiting some of my favorite local nurseries and buying pots and six-packs of herbs and annuals. Some, like morning glories and herbs, went directly into the ground. But most got lined up on the back steps until I found time on the weekend to plant them in containers.

I don’t have any particular talent for arranging containers, but I do love looking at that exuberant riot of color on the steps and then deciding how to mix and match the annuals into pots that create instant splashes of color in the garden.

The largest pot went on the patio, planted in a vibrant mix of yellows, purple, and pink. container2

Other containers went on the front deck

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…and the back deck.

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container6 And hanging on the railing by the back door.

Right now, some of these container plantings are looking a little flat. But as the summer progresses, the plants will grow, the thrillers will get taller, and the spillers will cascade down the sides of their containers. And they will all continue to provide color and visual pleasure until fall.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2016 11:52 pm

    They provide a cheerful welcome home!

  2. debsgarden permalink
    June 2, 2016 10:20 pm

    Hi Jean, your containers present such a joyful mix of colors and add a lot of charm to your home. It is good to hear that frost is behind you! Happy gardening!

    • June 7, 2016 8:55 pm

      Deb, Spring came and went in the blink of an eye and it is now summer in the garden.

  3. June 3, 2016 6:48 pm

    Hello from very rainy Brisbane…. always love your blogs…we are in Winter here, so I have just planted out my Annuals…petunias, Heartsease, phlox. We have far too much rain at present so my fingers are crossed for no flooding, and my little petunias to is only for the weekend, but it’s forecast is’s hoping they are wrong…

    • June 7, 2016 8:57 pm

      Lilith, We are finally getting some much-needed rain — but it would be nice of gardeners in other parts of the world who have too much rain could just share their excess. I hope you and your garden are safe from the flooding in eastern Australia.

  4. June 4, 2016 7:02 am

    Hurrah for colour, Jean!

    • June 7, 2016 8:58 pm

      Cathy, After our long color-starved winter, I celebrate the vibrant colors of summer flowers.

  5. June 7, 2016 9:41 pm

    Love these bright and cheerful combinations.

  6. June 8, 2016 4:11 pm

    your freshly planted containers look delightful to me!

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