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By now most of our summer annuals, if they survived the heat, are looking browned and leggy. Honestly, I tossed my petunias and put my poor pansies out of their misery. This hanging basket I got at Eco Gardens in Northfield! Love the basket! The annuals are moss rose, ornamental peppers and flowering kale!
I wish my camera took better pictures! Or I download a program to color correct the photo! It’s really pretty and the basket is a metal cone with leaves attached to the outside to form it. Lovely
So that means plant shopping! ;-) There are some annual plants that can tolerate both heat and cool temps, a light frost won’t kill them.
Osteospermum is one of my favorites. I bought it aplenty this spring and it’s hung in there but some sprucing up is in order. This flower is also known as the African Daisy. Breeders are creating scads of lovely colors in shades of purple, yellow, orange, white, pink and blue and varying petal shapes to make them even more enticing.
The bright yellow Osteospermum is one of my favs but there are so many more. Gaze through these beauties on Osteospermum.com
They can be the showcase to your trailing plants like calibrachoa, the mini petunia also called Superbells. This wonderful little eye popper also comes in lots of colors and is more heat tolerant. I have some coral superbells that are still working for me.
Pretty in pink! Superbells in this container are repeating their bloom!
Bacopa is another great trailing plant to go with your Osteospermum.
Lantana is a plant that I’ve recently had several people say “I love this plant, what is it”. Lantana is a native of the tropical Americas and Africa. The flower clusters come in many colors including several in one cluster. Lantana is easy to grow and truly looks happy anywhere! Lantana can be grown indoors! Check out this website for more colors! The Growers Exchange
AND NO, I DID NOT FORGET MUMS FOR FALL BUT WANTED TO SHARE SOME OTHER OPTIONS!