April 24, 2008

2008 R-n-R Gardener's Annual Guitar "Picks"

(For Containers and Hanging Baskets)
My colors this year for annual flowers are: Burgundy, Orange, Wine Red, Hot Pink and "Deep Purple".

I'm declaring out of style: Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea) ...barf.
...it's so... 'last 2 years'.

And along those lines...Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia) has been used a lot, so plant sparingly.
F.Y.I. : Dracena Spikes have been out of style for a while now if you weren't paying attention!...If you're still using spikes, turn off your computer right now...you need to get out more. And any silver plant...BBFN (bye bye for now).
Also out of style, although I love it still: Portulaca (Moss Rose).

And one color that's not cool: Pepto Bismol pink...It's abysmal. In Minnesota, we don't have much time for annuals...so make it fabulous, go big, Rock it out!

Here are some hot plants I will be using in containers this year:

Grasses...Any clump-forming grass is awesome- (Purple Fountain Grass is still in).

Coleus...Very Hot- There are many new varieties...it's very fun and totally in my colors!

Chenille Plant...It's back, it's hot, it's fun and funky.

New Petunia varieties...I love one called Tie Dye- it changes colors.

Torenia is a pretty alternative to trailing petunias...I like "Pink Moon"

Canna w/dark colorful leaves...like 'Tropicana' ....(The white variegated canna seem to scorch in full sun).

Heuchera (Coral Bells)..OK, it's a perennial, but awesome anywhere in part sun.

"That's Hot".


GardenJoy4Me said...

Neza ... you are truly WICKED girl ! .. I am a fan of portulaca and will be using it a lot because they put up with the punishment of our summers (from one extreme to another here in Ontario) .. grasses will always be a favorite of mine too.
Coleus as well .. I love the fact there is almost no deadheading .. too busy for that chore ..
Your colours are intense .. can't wait to see somepictures when you get things up and running !

Lets Plant said...

Excellent choices!! I really like the Chenille Plant,that's hot!!

Wicked Gardener said...

Canna 'Tropicana'? So last year. If you lived near me, I'd be happy to give you all of mine.

Neza said...

Yeah, but we live in a different world up here in the North. bananas and cannas would never dream of surviving the winter outside.

Kim said...

Great plant and color choices for this year! I know my Floridian neighbor wicked gardener scoffed at your canna choice, but I still love them.

And I couldn't agree more about Ipomea. I put it in (and ripped it out) years ago and I'm still finding volunteers springing up around the yard from stray tubers.