May 4, 2017
Spring Gardening Ideas and Color Inspiration are in my thoughts at this time of year. I can’t believe the first few days of May are here and the flowers in the garden are blooming! Yes, you will probably see roses blooming this early at the local nurseries, but in the garden? This is the first time I can remember having roses this early!
These pastel irises are blooming now, too! You can see the deeper purple irises behind them. I love the combination of the pale periwinkle blue iris alongside the deeper purple irises.
This past weekend, Dave and I ventured out to one of the local nurseries, Kinman Farms in Burlington, Ky., for some garden inspiration. When we first walked into the greenhouse, I immediately noticed this lime green colored plant. I had never seen it before.
‘Limelight’ Helichrysum Petiolare, have you ever seen or grown these before? They were so striking potted with these ‘Amore Queen of Hearts’ petunias. Look at those petunias! They do look like little hearts all around the petal edge, don’t they?
The Helichrysum, also known as “Licorice Plant” is a low grower, only 6 – 8 inches tall, and spreads to about 12 – inches. This is actually a tender perennial evergreen shrub, but it is usually treated as an annual. The tag indicated they like full sun. A little investigating concluded that these plants also benefits from being cut back a few times over the summer, which encourages new growth.
Nemesia, is perfect for planting in hanging pots, in containers, and even planting as a low border. Aren’t these adorable? They look like tiny Snapdragons. Nemesia grows 6 – 10 inches high and spread 8 – 12 inches wide. They bloom spring through fall.
In stark contrast, these purple petunias looked so pretty nestled among the ‘Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia’ at the nursery. The Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia opens a bright yellow or orange and matures to a Salmon pink color. You can see the variety of color on these in the picture below. The velvety blossoms are lightly ruffled. This is a mounding, trailing petunia and it is self-cleaning! Don’t you love that?
The contrast of the deep purple with these Cascadias Indian Summer Petunia was beautiful, but the idea of adding the Deep Purple Calibrachoa seemed like a good choice. I liked the idea of having the miniature flowers in contrast to the larger petunias and bought a few of those.
This gorgeous “Starsister Yellow Stripes” dahlia looked like it needed to be photographed! What better way to photograph it than as it’s growing in my garden all summer long? So, this little beauty came home with us, too. This one is supposed to grow 12 -24 inches tall and about 15 inches wide. This little plant looks healthy and has lots of buds on it.
These beautiful pink and white verbena caught my eye. I love the little blue Lobelia flowers with the pink petunias, too. Not exactly sure where these will end up, but I love this combination.
Back to our flowering plants right now, the Azalea have been blooming and are almost done. They made a beautiful show this year though.
The rhododendron has just begun to bloom. It is loaded with buds this year. It looks like such a tropical flower doesn’t it?
These bushes are striking from the street at a distance, especially when they are loaded with blossoms. But, seriously, look how beautiful they are up close!
It has been a very busy past few weeks with family and other commitments but the time for gardening is right now. These little beauties need to be planted and we will definitely be needing another trip to the local nursery. I love this time of year!