This plant shows just a little bit of root circling at the bottom of the root ball. Otherwise, the root system looks strong. Healthy roots are white. Diseased roots are brown or black, and the soil has a rotten, sewer gas-type odor.
Next to Rollins' kitchen garden is a shady space where a previous owner planted bamboo for privacy and a tall stone wall gives the feeling of being in a hidden oasis. Begonias, Japanese maple and geraniums kept in simple terracotta pots mean Rollins can move them around for parties, or bring them inside when the weather gets cold.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
Create a colorful container garden packed with annuals that thrive during cool weather, including Anytime Pansiola, a heat-tolerant pansy that’s winter hardy in Zones 5 and higher. It pairs beautifully with Dark Knight sweet alyssum and Sunsatia Lemon nemesia. In pots or planting beds, removing faded and frost-damaged pansy flowers keeps plants from forming seed pods and reduces disease outbreaks.
Combine indoor houseplants, like this Majesty palm, with pots of tropical flowers for a south-of-the-border container garden. In this pot, mandevilla blooms in front of the palm, with taller Tropic Escape hibiscus adding color behind.
Plants have filled out and are blooming strongly one month after planting. Approximately four to six weeks after planting is the right time to start giving containers a weekly dose of soluble plant food. Otherwise, wait until midseason to add a handful of slow-release fertilizer to the top of soil (if you can find it) and water well. Wait to add a saucer beneath large planters until you need to water the pot daily to keep plants from wilting. Otherwise, you may deal create root rot if roots have not filled the entire soil volume.
Ample planters turn this contemporary backyard into a lush green space, with fruit trees overhanging the cozy pergola and fire pit. The yard features separates areas for lounging, dining and gardening.
Bring on the blooms with Mistral Yellow begonia. This sunny beauty is a type of Begonia boliviensis, which pumps out flowers all summer long. Showcase Mistral Yellow in a hanging basket or tall container. Plants form tubers that overwinter easily in the pot. Slip the pot into a non-freezing, cool, dark location for winter. Barely water once a month. Tubers start sprouting in spring, signaling it’s time to move the plant into bright light.
A small collection of bonsai adds an element of green to the space. The indoor Japanese container garden utilizes natural stone that is in keeping with the the stone elements seen in the outdoor space. A few stepping stones allows for easy access into the garden.
Toucan Scarlet canna is a smaller version of the classic canna, growing 3 to 4 feet tall. It’s a perfect size canna for container gardens. Here it’s planted with Vermillionaire firecracker plant (orange flowers) and purple annual salvia.
Cool Wave Spreading pansies strut their stuff beautifully in hanging baskets, where stems cascade 18 to 24 inches. Water is one secret to success with fall-planted pansies. Water well at planting time, and be sure to water plants thoroughly before cold snaps. If cold is strong enough to freeze soil around pansy rootballs, roots cannot absorb water until soil thaws.