We love shades of “orange” in our garden! The top left photo is multi-color Zinnias planted from seed Zinnias are very easy to grow. We just sprinkled the seeds in amended soil, and lightly sprayed with water everyday for a couple of weeks. We waited until late Spring so that the night-time temperatures would remain above 50 degrees. Fortunately, we had no problems with deer or rabbits!
The top right photo is a large pot of Asiatic Lilies. Lilies are one of the easiest perennials to grow and care for. Even though we fertilize them once per year, they really don’t require fertilizer. The also are self-pruning because the lily blooms fall off by themselves. Unfortunately, the deer and rabbits also love lilies, so you must spray them with a deer repellent such as Bobbex B550100 Concentrated Deer Repellent, 32-Ounce, on a regular basis. For our newsletter on the Top 5 Maintenance-Free Perennials, click here.
The bottom left photo is Milkweed, which is the host plant for the Monarch butterfly. We love butterflies, so we try to maintain a garden that proves essential nutrients to butterflies.Milkweed multiplies quickly, so we cut off the seed pods when they sprout at the end each summer. Milkweed blooms small orange flowers all summer, which is a colorful addition to our garden.
The bottom right photo is Tropical “Peach” Canna. Believe it or not, Tropical cannas will grow in the Mid-Atlantic area, and return year after year. The leaves are large and leathery, and their blooms are bright and stunning! For more photos and videos of our Tropical Canna, click here. For 5 Tips to get your Tropical Canna to return year after year, click here.
The combination of Zinnias, Lilies, Milkweed, and Tropical Cannas provide beautiful shades of peach in our summer garden! If you would like to purchase our Lily plants, click here. If you would like to purchase our Canna plants, click here.
For beginner gardeners, the key to beautiful blooms is to give the plant what it wants. In other words,if the plant likes full sun, place it in a location that receives 6 or more hours of sun per day. The second most important key is watering the plant when needed. To learn when to water plants, click here.
Check your local Home Depot, Lowes or online Burpee Gardening for their selection of Zinnias, Lilies, Cannas and Milkweed Bush! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!