|From left: Salvia koyamae, Coleus 'Wasabi', |
'Fishnet Stockings', and 'Marooned, with Agastache
'Golden Jubilee' and 'Clear Skies' passion flower on the fence.
|Now that's a tall tomato. Hard to tell from|
the shot, but it's more than six feet tall.
Anyway, it's possible I won't be growing anything in this spot next year, as the Coleus are surrounded on either side by a very aggressive shade-loving Salvia koyamae and the dreaded Agastache foeniculum.
Oh yeah, and did I mention the shading effect provided by the 6-foot + grafted tomato 'Japanese Trifele'? Growing plants with a preference (even a need) for sun requires special tools, including the tallest stakes you can get your hands on and lots of twine. My favorite stakes for tomatoes are 8-foot rebar (reinforced steel bars) that are slender enough to be easily driven into the ground yet flexible enough to move with the wind.
|Passiflora 'Clear Skies' has a center whose color|
is echoed in the Coleus ColorBlaze® Marooned.
As happens so often in my garden, it's time when the tough take over where the tender leave off (or fail to tread, whichever you prefer.) I'm feeding them all equally with a combination time release fertilizer and a weekly dose of water soluble general purpose plant food.