Saying Goodbye to Annuals – FineGardening

Saying Goodbye to Annuals - FineGardening


Today’s photos come from longtime friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong. (If you’ve not seen her garden before, start here or here.)

Thought I’d send some photos from before some of my annuals bit the dust when temperatures reached O°C (32°F) this week. I didn’t expect this early dip in temperature, so I was frantically bringing in as many tender plants as I could before sunset. Of course, when my hubby came home, he declared, “Clearly, you have WAY TOO MANY plants!”

My summer garden exploded with many container gardens—mainly mixes of succulents, annuals, perennials, and small shrubs. Coleus and succulents remain favorites.

Warm regards to all from the Canadian west coast,

Cherry Ong

There are so many beautiful succulents that can’t stand a frost. Luckily, they can easily be overwintered indoors if kept dry and given as much light as possible.

mangave hybridA beautiful mangave hybrid. These hybrids between agaves and Manfreda have dramatic coloration and grow much faster than agaves.

Succulents bring so much color and beauty just from their leaves.

variegated aeoniumAn assortment of incredible variegated Aeonium brighter than many flowers!

Aeonium tabuliformeThe incredible succulent Aeonium tabuliforme. It hails from the Canary Islands and can’t tolerate freezing weather, but it is well worth an extra effort to overwinter it indoors.

ColeusColeuses are always standouts in the garden.

This beautiful container features coleus front and center, with yellow creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 5–9) dripping down beneath.

cannaNow THAT is an annual planter! Huge canna give over-the-top drama and are complemented perfectly by the other annuals.

A coleus frame for a perfect succulent picture

bouquet of succulentsA bouquet of succulents

 

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