This pretty pair of bloomers bridges the part shade to sun gap with non-stop flowers. Lobelia Sky Blue Erinus opens blossoms in soft blue, offering an eye-catching contrast to Sunsatia Lemon nemesia and its lemon yellow flowers. Both plants tend to stop flowering when night temps stay above 70 F. If this occurs, give plants a light trim to promote fresh, branching growth when temps cool off. Both plants grow 6 to 10 inches tall and spread at least 12 to 16 inches. Choose these bloomers to fill the spiller role in containers or make a handsome hanging basket.
Vessels for spectacular blooms by day, lighting elements by night: These Solar Illuminated Planters, $89.95 each from Gardener’s Supply, are powered by the sun, so you can display them anywhere without worrying about outlet placement. Choose color-changing mode or select a single color to complement your plantings.
Chip Wade advises planting in containers of various heights in the garden to avoid a too symmetrical, matchy-matchy look. And here's a cool tip: the big new trend is to plant trees in containers. To avoid having your tree outgrow its container or having to overwinter inside, Wade knocks out the bottom of his container and plants the tree directly in the ground.
Plants are bushy and lush, topping out at 2 feet and yielding large leaves packed with rich basil flavor. Flowers form late in the growing season, so you shouldn’t have to spend the summer pinching buds on stems. With regular harvest, expect to pick one-half cup of leaves per week. 'Dolce Fresca' basil is a 2015 All-America Selections winner.