|Fragrance on the down low ...|
|The non-digitally-enhanced blue of 'Thumbelina Leigh'|
All three of the varieties I purchased this year are English lavenders, or Lavandula angustifolia. 'Thumbelina Leigh' is known for its compact size (up to 12") and tendency to rebloom. English lavenders are often deeper in color than the hybrid lavenders.
Buried in the biggest container I own at the base of the vigorous Colocasia 'Mojito' and Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' is one plant that lights up the edge like a beacon. Pelargonium (also known as geranium) 'Wilhelm Langguth' would be hard to ignore in normal circumstances. But this plant is an absolute treat whether it's tucked into a pot with giants that cry out for attention or settled into a pot alone with a plain green accent. I chose 'Wilhelm Langguth' for its foliage and didn't expect much from it where flowers are concerned. But this geranium is certainly one you don't see in every planting scheme.
I chose a tiny plant with big promise for a mixed hanging planter. Porphyrocoma pholiana 'Maracas' is more easily called Brazilian fireworks. As my husband said as I stumbled clumsily through its name, "You might as well call it 'anna-banna-fo-fanna.'"
I'll have to practice up with its botanical name, but perhaps I'll have it down by the time it completes its bloom sequence.
|Porphyrocoma pholiana 'Maracas'|
When I combined the coral-colored Reiger begonia, Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', Acalypha hispida (chenille plant) and Porphyrocoma, the only blooms were on the begonia. Maybe I'm being too anal about the color mix, but as they start to bloom I'm not liking the combination. There is not much I can do about it at this point. I'm really glad, though, that I have blossoms to look forward to in planters I've been nurturing all summer.