When we went to the Biltmore on Mother's Day weekend, there were these huge beautiful hanging baskets with these lush little blue flowers spilling out of them profusely, and I don't know why, but I did not even take a picture. I couldn't get those little flowers out of my head, though. A few weeks later when were gathering things for our front porch refresh, we walked into the local nursery and I saw the same little blue flowers I'd been dreaming about since that trip. I should have snatched them up then because when I went back a few days later almost all of them were gone. I had to give up my vision of our own pots of blue flowers, and I'm kind of glad because it forced me to look at other options and be more creative. Next year though, you can bet your pants I'm going to have either planters or hanging baskets spilling with those flowers.
I love how our planters turned out. The combination of flowers we ended up with makes for a bright and cheerful entryway and I love how they pop against the blue door.
How I Picked Out Flowers for Our Planters
- The first thing I considered when walking through the nursery were the colors of the flowers. I knew I wanted them to complement and pop against the blue door so I was looking for bright flowers that would add contrast.
- Our stoop area gets a mix of sun and shade so plants that worked well in that setting were the second thing I looked for. I got the info I needed from the little tabs that they stick in each plant to let you know what it's called and what kind of care it needs
Those two things were really the two determining factors for me.
Why I Picked The Flowers I Did
I started out with the little blue flowers like I mentioned above as my inspiration and than built the rest of the planters around those. I added in the tall fluffy colorful ones because Kendall said he liked those. (He doesn't usually have an opinion on design things so when he does I try to work it in. It's been fun for me as I write this blog and we work on our house to see his eye for design developing.) I liked these flowers because they added fun color and height to the planter. And finally I chose the white flowers to fill in the gaps between the blue and they were also low lying like the blue flowers and added a neutral base to the planters. I didn't want another colored flower competing with the tall ones or the blues. Just something that filled in the gaps and these were perfect. So now that you know the why and how of what I chose, what are all these flowers called exactly?
What's In Our Planters?
These are the little blue flowers. They're annuals that need sun to part shade and medium water. They're great as a base in planters like ours or in hanging baskets or as a border in your garden. You can read this short article from Gardening Know How for more info on how to grow it. (For some reason they look really purple in these pictures, but they're blue in reality.)
These are the little white fan shaped flowers. They like full sun but they've done well in the partial shade they get on our stoop and they work great in hot environments. Hello, South Carolina. They're great for all the same reasons Lobelia are. BHG has this short info page along with some gardening ideas for landscaping with Scaevola.
These fun furry like flowers are fun for the brilliant colors, height, and texture they add and they like part sun and shade. Bonus, they're also great as dried flowers. Ours are the Fresh Look variety. You can get more info and landscaping ideas from this BHG article.
The Best Part. . .
No dead heading!!! You plant these babies and water them and than forget about them and they just keep on blooming all summer long!
We used this Miracle Gro potting soil that you don't have to worry about fertilizing or feeding your plants for up to 3 months. I knew I probably wouldn't remember or take the time to do it. They also have a bag that fertilizes for up to 6 months. I really think this is what has helped our planters fill out and keep their vibrant color because we all know it hasn't been my non existent habitual watering.
What's in your planters or hanging baskets for the summer? I'd love to hear in the comments below!