This time I started with a specific vision in mind, inspired by a pot shown in White Flower Farm's spring catalog.
|This is a pot in the Hummingbird Annual Collection that inspired me (photo source here)|
I didn't recreate White Flower Farm's pot but I let it guide me. Here's my version:
|I wanted foliage and flower color that would complement the plants in the adjoining bed, including the Grevillea alpina x rosmarianifolia and Agonis flexuosa 'Nana'|
The plants are all still small but I'm fairly pleased with it. The Fuchsia I used, 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt', has orange flowers and should handle the morning sun in this location. Instead of using a lime-green sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) like the one in the inspiration pot, I selected a lime coleus and a chartreuse-flowered Euphorbia, which my experience shows will hold up better under my conditions than the potato vine. I filled in with more coleus, a mirror plant, and a shrimp plant.
All of last week's purchases from Roger's have been planted as well.
|The Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) plugs are outshone by the foliage of Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet' here but they should settle in quickly|
|Salvia 'Love and Wishes' found a sunny spot in the back border (which required digging up and dividing a large clump of society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea)|
|Scabiosa 'Fama Blue' evicted a couple of poorly performing plants to nab another sunny spot|
The annual California poppy and Ageratum plugs were also tucked into the garden and, with everything I bought last week now planted, I'm feeling rather virtuous. Now, if I only can avoid going crazy at the Cactus & Succulent Society sale scheduled this weekend at the local botanic garden...
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