Asparagus, Marigolds for Insect Control, and Mixed Containers

:33 What’s For Dinner? Asparagus! What types to buy and how to grow this spring treat.

7:42 True or False? Marigolds We’ve all heard about it: “Plant marigolds to keep insects away from your vegetables.” But does it work?

11:32 Eat/Drink/Grow We discuss the pleasures of designing a mixed annual container and give four recipes for “plants with a purpose.”

Ellen’s Drought Tolerant Container
Purple leaf sandcherry (Prunus cistina) for center
Sunrose (Aptenia cordifolia) to spill over
Lantana to fill in.
Optional, an annual Asclepias.

C.L.’s Patio Fragrance Pot:
1 Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citriodora) in center of pot
2 Purple petunia – I love Royal Velvet from Proven Winners
2 Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens)
2 Alyssum (Lobularia) Snow Princess or six pack alyssum

Ellen’s Edible Container for Part Shade
A big Hosta in center of pot (Your favorite one)
Begonias for fillers
Spiller: Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia aurea)
(Optional spillers instead of Lysimachia: prostate rosemary or nasturtium)

C.L.’s Large Hummingbird Magnet Pot or Trough:
1 Black and blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’) in center
2 Cuphea – either bat face or cigar flower such as Vermillionaire from Proven Winners (or one of each!) as 2 fillers
2 Agastache ‘Desert Sunrise’ ‘Summer Sunset’ or other Agastache for additional fillers
1 or 2 Calibrachoa and 1 or 2 petunias trailing over the edge

These large livestock troughs make wonderful planters. (Note: if you’re using them on a raised deck be sure to check with a builder to see if your deck is strong enough to hold the weight.)

28:07 Questions or Love Letters Lane asks, “Is it too late to plant?”

No! It’s not too late to plant! Especially when you can have Black and Blue Salvia in your gardens or pots to attract hummingbirds.


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