My gardening this year was little to none, no surprise there. I deal almost exclusively in perennials, so I don't have much to do, and still have a yard full of nice plants that pretty much take care of themselves. Which is a good thing, because they sure don't get much help from me. I'm outside with the boys all the time, and yet I don't get to mess with my flowerbeds much except to pull some weeds while I'm out there supervising the playing.
I have never been much into annuals, but I do have a few containers in the front of the house on the deck that I usually do some kind of potted annuals in. That's about all the time I have for it, and it's convenient because it's right by the door and the water spigot so I can just step outside and water them real quick. This year after going to the Proven Winners seminar in the early spring, I just knew I wanted to plant some of their petunias and let them go nuts.
I got their SUPERTUNIA VISTA BUBBLEGUM and they have become monsters!! They are absolutely huge, and my only regret is that stupid Barbie doll pink color..... it was the only one that Home Depot had on the day that I got them. But the name isn't misleading, it is definitely bubblegum pink.
Here's me and Drew planting them at the beginning of May. They were in tiny little 4" pots.
And now here they are:
That's just ONE 4" plant in each of those containers. After a season of daily watering (sometimes 2 times a day when it was really hot), frequent fertilizing and feeding them lots of chipmunks (I kid..... I kid.....) they have become monsters.
Here in the long planter by the front door there are just THREE 4" petunias planted here. There were also 5 white geraniums and 3 dusty millers, but the supertunias have long since devoured those.
I have some kind of lantana hybrid planted in the corner of this box, (also Proven Winners) and I really like the texture and the color of the little flowers. I love how it spills over the corner of the box.
Next year I'll definitely be planting more of these, but in a different color. I like the Bordeaux (shown above in the lower container).