I got lucky when we moved to our house because there were already two beautiful peony bushes (my FAVORITE flower!) and they grow amazingly well without me doing a thing! I think my helpful hubby has made sure the sprinklers water them.
I also love hydrangea and lilac, and zinnias, and ranunculus...
I could go on, but let's just say I really REALLY love fresh flowers. Most of my favorites aren't potting plants, however, and I haven't ever done flower pots that I've really loved the end result. I think too many varieties and colors was my problem.
This time, I started with white. I LOVE white. It's so clean and bright. I thought about ranunculus, but in the end I purchased white gardenias from a Greeley Rotary Club fundraiser. I love local just as much as I love white! (Love where you live!)
We had a bunch of chilly Colorado weather this spring, and my gardenias started to get a bit wilted sitting in my garage. Time to plant! The sweet potato vine provided a striking dark contrast and I knew from seeing similar sweet potato vines in Hilary's flower pots that they would grow and drape beautifully. My third choice was Alyssum, another one of my favorites. I love the dainty white flowers and the sweet smell. I pictured our family and our guests noticing their scent as we walked up the path to the front porch.
Before I planted, I put rocks in the bottom of each pot as recommended by my mother. I think it provides drainage and saves dirt. I find that even though my mom and I have pretty different styles, I get a lot of my eye for decor from her. She's usually my go-to for helpful how-to's as well!
Next, I gently separated the roots of my sweet potato vine into thirds. The rest was pretty easy, i just loosened the roots, dumped them in the pots, and filled in with dirt. Like I said, I'm no master gardener!
Of course, pots look best after they've had a chance to grow and fill in a bit. (Don't mind my neighbor's truck in the background!) My daughter waters the pots as much as I do, so between the two of us they are still alive!
I'd love to hear about your summer fun and any easy planting tips you've got to share!