Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed

Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes

Happy Monday!

 I’m sharing the window boxes in bloom and summer garden flowers

around the Potting Shed!

Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes

 Photo heavy post ahead, so grab something cool to drink and get comfy. :)

Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes

The window boxes were planted with an assortment of sun-loving annuals after our frost date in mid April.

They’re filled with petunias, Blackie sweet potato vine and coleus,

for colorful foliage that will be showy long after the petunias fade.

Petunias in window boxes | © #garden #flowers #summer #windowboxes

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming!

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You can see in the photo above that the ones planted in a pot are pink,

while the ones in the ground are blue.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are a re-blooming bigleaf variety of hydrangea

(Hydrangea macrophylla) that can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level,

turning blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil.

Blue Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

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I highly recommend planting an Endless Summer Hydrangea if you have room in your landscape.

They mature to 3 – 5 feet in height and width and are hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9.

 Note: For new gardeners, a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. You can look up your hardiness zone by zipcode, here.

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Hydrangeas need sun to bloom, preferring morning sun with afternoon shade,

 especially in the hot and humid South. . .just like me. ;)

Pink Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

For blues and purples, the soil pH should be between 5.5 to 5.8.

Use a 3-in-1 Meter to determine your soil’s pH.

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You can amend your soil to become more acidic by adding composted oak leaves,

pine needles and coffee grounds, or for quicker results,

use a soil acidifier product with Aluminum Sulphate,

following the directions on the package to produce blue flowers.

Garden lime will increase soil alkalinity and keep hydrangeas pink in color.

Pink Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

I’m often asked what fertilizer I use on our hydrangeas.

How to feed Endless Summer Hydrangeas for big blue blooms | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

I’ve had great success with Pennington UltraGreen Azalea, Camellia & Rhododendron Plant Food,

 formulated for acid-loving plants.

 Garden pillow | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes

In our zone 7b garden, I apply the fertilizer to the hydrangeas the beginning of March

and give them a second dose in July.

To promote a second flush of blooms, snip off faded flowers, pruning to the first set of leaves.

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We’ve had hydrangeas will bloom until frost, which is typically November in North Carolina.

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

Mid-June is peak daylily season!

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

You can’t beat daylilies for their reliability,

hardiness and big, colorful blooms in the garden!

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

The daylily’s botanical name, Hemerocallis, means “beauty for a day”

as each bloom only remains open for a single day. Depending on the variety,

the bloom season can last 30 to 40 days or sometimes longer.

Blooming starts in late spring and can continue into early fall.

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

Flowers appear on stalks called ‘scapes’, with multiple flowers

blooming on a single scape. Each daylily plant has numerous scapes and

can produce hundreds of flowers in a season.

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

To keep the plants looking their best,

snap off the spent flowers, taking care not to break off nearby buds.

Custard Candy Daylily | © #garden #flowers #summer

For best results, plant daylilies where they’ll get six hours or more of direct sunlight each day.

Daylilies will grow in partial shade, but produce fewer flowers.

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Daylilies are easy to transplant, quick to multiply and relatively free from pests.

They can be enjoyed as a pop of color in a garden bed among other perennials

or massed together and planted in drifts.

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Daylilies will grow for many years with little attention,

but will produce more flowers if they are divided about every 5 years.

Divide daylilies after the plants have finished blooming in late summer or early fall.

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To divide, dig up the entire plant and cut or pull the clump apart.

You can keep the divisions larger or you can divide the plant into individual fans.

The fans can then be planted close together to fill in areas of your garden

. Before replanting, trim the foliage back to a height of about 6 inches and cover with 1 to 2 inches of mulch.

Daylilies and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed | © #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas

Daylilies also attract pollinators, including butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds.

Eastern Black Swallowtail and Lake Norman Sunset Daylily © #garden #flowers #summer #butterfly

This Eastern Black Swallowtail is enjoying a favorite daylily variety. . .

Eastern Black Swallowtail and Lake Norman Sunset Daylily © #garden #flowers #summer #butterfly

‘Lake Norman Sunset’ Daylily

Lake Norman Sunset Daylily © #garden #flowers #summer

Eastern Black Swallowtail and Lake Norman Sunset Daylily © #garden #flowers #summer #butterfly

I’ll leave you with another Lake Norman Sunset. :)

Sunset Lake Norman | ©

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  40 comments for “Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed

  1. Pat
    June 20, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Good morning, Mary. What a beautiful post. Do you know the name of the double dark red daylily? I already have several varieties in my yard and need to be selective at this point before I run out of room-lol.

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you Pat! I understand about running out of room and needing to be selective. ;) I don’t have a name unfortunately, I ordered a ‘lost tag’ assortment of daylilies a couple of years ago because the price was good. I’ve tried to identify it, it looks like it could be ‘Stellar Double Rose’ if you do a search and click on images. ♥

  2. Cindi
    June 20, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Your hydrangeas are beautiful! Mine did not flower this year 😪but the leaves are still pretty. Day lilies and peony’s are on my plant next list for this fall. I have shed envy each time I read your blog. Peace and happy gardening!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Cindi! That’s so disappointing, I feel your pain. We had a couple of Endless Summer Hydrangeas that were frost nipped so the old wood buds didn’t bloom like the ones against the shed that has some protection from the late freeze. Endless Summer Hydrangeas bloom on new and old wood, fortunately so they should bloom in a month or so. Happy Gardening to you. ♥

    • Renata Kogut
      June 29, 2022 at 12:50 pm

      I have gotten my hydrangea to bloom by burying a handful of old pennies right beneath the surface of the soil in the fall the roots.

  3. Liz
    June 20, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Mary, I just love your blog, which always inspires me. Thanks for the tips on growing hydrangeas and lilies. I have a variety in my garden – oak leaf, lace caps, limelight’s and if course the big mopheads, but I always love tips from fellow gardeners. Your window boxes are beautiful! We are having extreme heat waves in June which makes them thirstier than usual. Whatever happened to your pretty red bench that matched the shutters? I also would like to know where to purchase the ‘garden’ pillow featured. Thanks again and keep doing what you do best! Happy summer!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you Liz! Your garden sounds beautiful with your variety of hydrangeas! My red bench wasn’t living its best life out in the elements and the weather was starting to take its toll. :) It got moved a covered porch area and I found a metal bench to replace it by the shutters. The garden pillow came from HomeGoods about 10 years ago. HomeGoods always has a great selection of pillows, you never know what you might find. ♥

  4. Jan Fusco
    June 20, 2022 at 8:28 am

    I love your gardening posts! So beautiful. A couple of years ago you shared a source for ordering lilies. I ordered several and love them. Could you please share again as I can’t remember where I ordered them from? Thanks.

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Jan! I ordered daylilies from Smokey’s Gardens out of Michigan. ♥

  5. June 20, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Oh Mary, my eyes are popping! Everything looks so beautiful! Big healthy blooms everywhere! Your garden knowledge and skills are so impressive, what a heavenly spot you have created~

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you Jenna! I’m not so sure about my gardening skills, daylilies are foolproof. :) Happy Monday ♥

  6. June 20, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Mary, your window boxes are gorgeous and look so vibrant. I am afraid after the heat of this week, my potted plants are going to look heat tired, like me. Your varieties of day lilies are amazing. They offer so much color to a garden and are so easy to maintain. Stay cool this week and thank you for the stunning flower therapy to start my day!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks so much Pam! I’m right there with you about the heat, it was nice to have a reprieve over the weekend. It’s going to take its toll on me too in a couple of weeks. Lugging the hose around in 90+ degree temps is not my idea of fun. :) Happy Monday to you. ♥

  7. Clara
    June 20, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Mary, Your window boxes are gorgeous! Your day lilies are so colorful and beautiful. That dark red one is so unique and I would imagine it’s a favorite. You have so many pretty colors. Your hydrangeas are fabulous! I didn’t realize they would live for more than one season in pots in our zone. Happy Monday! Clara ❤️

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Clara! Yes, surprisingly enough, with a big pot, lots of water and afternoon shade. they do just fine. :) It helps that it’s up against my shed so it has some protection in the winter. It’s the first year for that red daylily to bloom. It came in an assortment so it was a happy surprise to see it. Happy Monday ♥

  8. June 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Gracious, me! This looks like paradise on earth. That pillow on your garden bench is SO nice.

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much!

  9. June 20, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Your window boxes and surrounding flowers are gorgeous–the color and texture combinations of the flowers are perfect! (Not to mention my favorite colors!!) I’ve never seen such a wide variety of beautiful daylilies. They’re breathtaking! As a resident in sub-tropical, hot, humid southwest Florida, it’s a joy to be able to see such a delightful garden as yours!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your visit and comment Rhonda! Happy Monday. ♥

  10. Norma Rolader
    June 20, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous as always

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you Norma! So nice to hear from you, I hope you are well! ♥

  11. June 20, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Mary, my flower loving heart is filled with delight. What a show of abundant color! I adore flower boxes, but have no place to use them. I think one of my favorite memories of staying on Nantucket over the years is the gorgeous flower boxes on all the homes and shop windows. Yours are spectacular!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you Sarah! I would love to visit Nantucket one day. I hope you’re finding a way to beat the heat and stay cool. ♥

  12. Pamela
    June 20, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Like a corner of Heaven. I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I live in the Florida panhandle within a quarter to a half mile of the coastline, Zone 9. I planted Jackson & Perkins Everlasting hydrangeas. They are blooming and although I’ve added acidity to the soil, the only blooms that turn blue are the blooms covered by leaves. A friend said they will not turn blue because of the salt in the air. Is this the issue or do I need to do something else?

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Pamela, I’m not familiar with Hydrangea Everlasting so I had to look it up. What a gorgeous hydrangea! What I read about Hydrangea Everlasting™ Revolution says, “Expect combinations of deep pink, maroon and blue blooms, all with green highlights as the flowers mature. Every color can be present at once on this heavily reblooming shrub.” It sounds like having just some blue blooms is the nature of that variety. I’m going to see if I can find one at a local nursery. :) ♥

  13. June 20, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Mary, your flower boxes are GORGEOUS. Love the day lilies and hydrangeas [I’m a fan of the blue}. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Andree! Happy Monday. ♥

  14. Debbie Jones
    June 20, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Hydrangeas are my favorite and I’ve grown them for years. I will try the fertilizer you have suggested.

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you for your visit Debbie! ♥

  15. June 20, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    What lovely flower boxes! I am in awe with every scroll. Each and every bloom is spectacular! Your day lilies are perfect for a bouquet here and there.
    Lovely inspiration! Thank you!

    • June 20, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you Nancy! Happy Monday. ♥

  16. June 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Looks like I should have started here, you already have lake Norman sunset! Lovely collection you have and adore your window boxes 😊

    June 20, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Mary, your window boxes and the hydrangeas and day lilies are absolutely gorgeous. Your beautiful yard is just a little bit of Heaven here on earth! Just love seeing all those lovely pictures. I know you enjoy your lovely yard with it’s breath-taking flowers — even though you have to drag your hose around to water! I just love your blog and I am so happy I found you! Thanks, so much, for sharing with all of us! We are truly blessed!

  18. June 21, 2022 at 5:01 am

    Everything looks beautiful and healthy Mary! Happy first day of summer-enjoy:@)

  19. Rita C.
    June 21, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Wow, Mary, so lush, everything! Your window boxes have great color combinations, and those striped petunias are gorgeous. I pinned your fertilizer you use, and saw it in Lowe’s this past weekend while I was shopping rose care. I only have 1 of 7 hydrangeas blooming currently (either hard pruned last fall or thought to have been eradicated, lol), but I plan to nurture what survives. I need that meter (in the cart now), as this new yard is way different than my previous. Besides your beautiful hydrangeas, your daylilies look like you could start your own flower farm – they appear to have spread in drifts a plenty! I am happily surprised to be finding those in my yard, especially the pretty ruffled ones like you have (and like I left behind in my last yard {sniff}). It feels like poetic justice. Right now mine are random, but I look forward to nurturing those, even the ones like your volunteer from those you scrapped. Your Lake Norman sunset is equally as stunning as your daylily. Happy first day of summer, Mary!

  20. Virginia
    June 21, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous garden. It’s taking everything we have just to keep our plants alive in this dreadful Texas heat!

  21. June 22, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Wow, Mary, your garden is stunning, snd you make the prettiest arrangements in window boxes. You have your very own private arboretum! Thanks for the tips on the hydrangeas. I will feed my newly planted one in July.

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