Playing with my container plantings this year. My neighbor has a black walnut tree that hangs over into my yard so the root system also creeps over into my soil. It carries with it a substance called Juglone that is toxic or growth-stunting. This is intentional by the black walnut to keep other plants out of its territory. Boo hoo! for a gardener – it works very well. I have learned that if I want success in my back yard I must use pots. Here is what I came up with.
Clockwise from largest leaves
- Colocasia esculenta
- Glossy leaves and red flowers of the Dragon Wing Begonia
- Vining Flowering Maple ‘Chinese Lantern’ Abutilon megapotamicum
- Cardinal Flower “Queen Victoria’ Lobelia x speciosa
Close-up of the flowering maple – easy to see why it’s common name is ‘Chinese Lantern’
Clockwise from evergreen
- Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Alberta Spruce ‘Iseli Introduction’
- Sedum spurtum ‘Elizabeth’
- Hens & Chicks
- Sedum pluricale ‘Ezawe’
Clockwise from large white leaves
- Caladium candium
- Verbena Tukana White
- Licorice vine petiolare
- Morning glory (tucked in back – heart shaped green leaves vining up the trellis) heavenly blue
The experiment out front is with the window boxes. I put the grass with its soon to be tall plumes waving in the center but put one type of salvia, hummingbird, and white lobelia on the right and another type of salvia and superbells on the left. I have decided that the yellow tint to the superbell leaves really detracts from the white of the flower and the very white of both the lobelia and hummingbird salvia already looks quite striking against the dark red grass and I can’t wait for that side to fill out through the summer. There have been hummingbirds in the salvia too that I can see out the window every evening about 8pm!
Clockwise from dark leaves
- Dalia with nice dark leaves – will have a lavender flower
- Licorice vine Helichrysum petiolare
- Verbena with brilliant white flowers
- Osteospermum lavender flowers
- Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’
- Fuchsia for her stylish hairdo this year
- Brilliant flowers of the white Begonia tuberhybrida
- Creeping jenny for the cascade Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’
- Growin’ Green Peppers
- Threw in an orange Gerbera daisy for a bit of fun
- Growin’ tomatoes – started ’em early – nearly ready!
- Always add merigolds to help keep pests away
- Growin’ green beans
- Threw in some red superbells for a bit of fun
- Growin’ beets and lettuce in the pot surrounded by cukecumbers
These are in the front yard so no black walnut toxins among the cukes
There are other baskets and pots about…nasturtium by the kitchen so I can pick the flowers for salads, strawberries for breakfast also out the kitchen door,and gerbera daisy (not in flower) & portulaca along the walk to the shed
The lizard and the turtle hold their little pots of sedum on the shed. I used pencil holders packed with sphagnum moss to hold the soil for a small hanging basket.
Past the shed, on the new benches along the fence, is where the colocasia etc., dwarf spruce etc., yellow oenothera with portulaca, and zinnias with portulaca sit.
It will be fun to see how the dwarf spruce grows. I was told it should be 2-4″ taller each year until it reaches about 3′. Perfect for my pot on this bench.