If you look out the patio doors you can see most of my planters are specimen plants. The specimen plants mostly have to come inside for the winter. They are years old. Good friends that hang out here all year.
One of my favorites that won't be coming in this winter is this pot with the Golden Lime Begonia and Gartenmeister Fuschia. The Golden Lime Begonia has about taken over. There is actually another plant in there but it isn't even visible from this vantage.
You have to come down the path toward the patio to even get a glimpse of it as you can see. I am going to remove that poor little grass, actually it is a creeping Broad - leaved Sedge 'Snow Cap', and plant it in the garden someplace. I had visions that it would be my spiller in this pot. It didn't creep over the edge of the pot much at all. It seems that this pot was all about the begonia.
Most of the rest of my pots are tropicals. Like this night blooming Cereus,
'Black Truffles' Begonia,
Pteris Cretica 'Roweri' with and under planting of 'String of Pearls'. The minature hostas in the pot in front of the Roweri stay outside all winter. They are quite happy doing so. This pot holds what was actually one plant that I divided this spring.
Then there are the Orchids, Rabbit's Foot Fern, which have to come inside.
The planter behind the Rabbit's Foot Fern doesn't come inside. It has some Carex Hachijoensis 'Evergold', a tiny Holly start and some unnamed tropical vine that has grown great guns this summer.
You can see where I am going here. I have several pots that I consider outdoor pots that have small plants that will remain outside.
While I love annuals and I say they do add a lot of color to the garden and especially in pots. I just don't have a whole lot of them.
I do have several spots of marigolds. I know don't squench up your nose. Jason makes a good plea for their addition to the garden. They are stalwart.
So before you diss these little beauties . Remember
they don't mind being ignored whether in a pot or in the ground as I use them. They mix well with others.
They give you a shot of color where all else fails.
They just don't give up.
Do you have any pots you are particularly pleased with this summer? Or do you have any stalwart plants that others might not appreciate? Do share.