By Jane Milliman
After the long, brutal winter we have endured, it’s finally time to plant! Even way up north, it’s safe to pot up those much-anticipated annuals and tender perennials and still be reasonably sure a late-season frost won’t nip them.
I have a few new favorites from Lowe’s. The first is an adorable, tiny pink daisy called Radiant Magenta brachyscome. You’ve probably seen brachyscome (sometimes called Swan River daisy) before in a mild purple-to-pink. But Radiant Magenta is different. True to its name, it really stands out. I like it so much, I potted up one up all by itself, but it blends beautifully with my other picks too.
I’m on a bit of a daisy kick this year and hopelessly drawn to osteospermum, or African daisies. These little beauties tended to be somewhat fickle, only blossoming in the cool temperatures of spring and fall, which left us with a big gap in our containers over the summer. Over the past decade, breeders have changed that and dramatically increased this plant’s popularity. I like them all but scooped up two from the Zion series: Sun Yellow (shown at the top of the story) and Copper Amethyst, right.
What to plant with these darlings? In keeping with the rule of thrillers, fillers, and spillers, I chose ‘Red Star’ cordyline, which gives that spiky upright shape but in a much more interesting maroon hue. Then I added a bright-pink upright verbena from the Lanai series, and of course plenty of calibrachoas that I can count on to flourish all season and beautifully fill up my containers.
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