This container has sat next to my driveway since early May. This photo is from June 9, about a month after we got it.
We bought it pre-planted because I had surgery May 18 and there was only so much gardening that I could do. It worked out fairly well considering its location and the fact that the Spoiler, who was responsible for dragging the heavy hoses around for a lot of the summer, didn’t get down to this container nearly as often as he should have.
But this is what it looks like now. It’s not pretty and clearly it needs to be redone.
So I hemmed and hawed and thought about what I could do. You’re not going to find me planting mums. I think they are a waste of money. At this point in the season, their life span is too short–& they offer nothing to wildlife.
Asters are a better choice but even those are about past their prime for containers. I wanted something that would look reasonably good until a hard freeze–and possibly thereafter.
That left me with very few options. I was happy to find the foamy bells (heucherellas) and a coral bells (heuchera). At the moment, the heuchera, Palace Purple, is buried under the foliage from the red spike but I don’t expect that to last long. That left me with just one “annual,” the cabbage, which will take a lot of chill. And when it starts looking ratty, I’ll turn the pot so that’s at the back.
This should survive nicely until I get my Christmas greens.
And in the spring, I will have some nice perennials for the garden.