Enjoy the flowers of the season! Being outdoors in a fresh, healthy environment can raise our spirits...and working in the garden burns calories as well!
Shop locally-owned nurseries! Many are open for business, following health guidelines, and need your patronage.
Feed everything. Do a pre-summer fertilization before the fertilizer "blackout" begins. It runs June 1st through September 30th, but not all counties have the same regulations. Call your county extension office to find out the scoop in your area.
Water once a week - or twice a week if temps are very high - if it hasn't rained.
This little plant, Scaevola aemula, is a wonder of a perennial for lots of blooms...it literally blooms year-round.
Sometimes called "Fan Flower," it makes a great groundcover and is also excellent cascading from a standing container, hanging basket or windowbox.
Scaevola grows anywhere between 6" to 12" tall and prefers part sun to part shade. It needs regular water and a well-drained spot. Plant about 2 feet apart.
Trim occasionally if needed to keep it full and in bounds. Fertilize in spring, summer and fall with a controlled-release fertilizer like Osmocote 14-14-14. In a container you can use liquid feed like 20-20-20.
Best as a perennial in Zone 10, in Zone 9B you can grow it in the ground as an annual, or in a pot you can protect in winter.
This plant is salt tolerant and attracts butterflies. It comes in pink or white varieties, but the most common is blue (lavender),
Creating planting beds is more than just putting plants in a garden bed. It's also a way to draw the onlooker's eye where you want it to go.
"What can I plant in pots on my long and narrow porch that can take the soot and dust of the parking lot it overhangs? It gets afternoon sun, and I want some color and a tropical look."
I've come up with some plant ideas for things to give you a
tropical, colorful look and that are fine in pots in afternoon sun
and can be wiped off or hosed off when dusty/sooty.
All of the above are pretty tough plants and should do fine (and
fit!) in your porch's conditions. You can look them all up on the
website by going to the Sitemap.
I've added this picture of a deep red flowering Desert Rose on the Plant Page on this beautiful drought-tolerant plant.
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