I have to admit, one of the perks of working for Birds & Blooms is having the opportunity to test out certain products. And in this case, along with a few other co-workers, we were able to try out a variety of plants in our summer gardens.
As a renter, I’m prone to plant mainly in containers, placed perfectly around my back deck and front porch. Since these spots are also prone to shade, it was up to me to test a combination of petunias and ColorBlaze Marooned coleus from Proven Winners and hope for the best. Boy, was I in for a treat!
I planted both in a large container, which nuzzled happily in a corner on my back deck. And let me tell you, with the summer drought and my inconsistent watering habits, my plants grew and grew. Although I love the darling petunias, the coleus was the showstopper. So much so that I eventually moved the container to the front of the house, so my neighbors could enjoy too. 🙂
Word of advice, if you’re newer to gardening like me, start with the coleus. Next year I plan to split it up in a variety of containers to decorate my front porch. I love the idea that even if I forget to water it for a few days, my trusty plant will hang in there.
What plants do you think are best for garden newbies? And, be sure to check back each Thursday in October – we’ll be posting more summer gardening reviews from the Birds & Blooms staff.