This year dragon wing begonias joined the geraniums on my front porch. My friend Joan had them last year and when I saw how well they did all summer long I made a mental note to get some. These shades of orange and pink make the perfect analogous color combination.
Coleus is always a must. Some years mine does better than others. I have learned over the years that it's best not to spend too much time trying to figure out why.
A bougainvillea for the back deck is a must. It loves the hot sun and once the blooms start, it's non-stop color all summer long. They can be hard to find around here, but I found a good one this year. The brighter the better in my book.
My hearty hibiscus is coming up from last year again. A successful return of a perennial in a pot makes up for an annual failure. Karma? Fate? I call it luck.
You may have noticed that small concrete animals figure strongly in my porch pot arrangements.
It's just a little something I learned from Angie. She got me that squirrel above from the "What-Not-Shop". I think I could be the only person in Lawrence with one. Heck maybe the whole state of Kansas.
Happy Mothers Day mom. Thanks for passing on all the important things, like the love of a garden.