Around The Potting Shed: Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms

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

Happy Tuesday!

 I’m sharing a June garden update with the window boxes in bloom

and summer garden flowers around The Potting Shed!

Summer Garden Blooms Around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes ©

Photo heavy post ahead, we’re in the 90s this week so

Mrs. Powers says to grab yourself something

cold to drink and a hat to keep the sun off your face. :)

MacKenzie-Childs Mrs. Powers Tuteur with zinnias #garden #flowers #summer ©

Last week was a very wet one, with 4 inches of rain,

saving me from having to do any watering,

but requiring lots of weeding this week!

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MacKenzie-Childs Mrs. Powers Tuteur with zinnias and verbena #garden #flowers #summer  ©

Verbena Lollipop is growing like a weed!

It’s hardy in USDA zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil,

and is a pollinator favorite, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Verbena Lollipop and bumblebee #garden #flowers #summer ©

It makes me happy that it self sows but it’s not for gardeners who like things ‘tidy’.

It can pop up everywhere, which may or may not be a good thing,

depending on your gardening style and landscape.

I fall in the ‘not so tidy’ category of gardening, so don’t worry about it sprouting up.

Verbena Lollipop and Charles Darwin Rose #garden #flowers #summer ©

Verbena Lollipop grows 24 – 36 inches tall at maturity and tolerates the heat which is critical

in the hot and humid South and blooms through fall.

Pollinator favorite Verbena Lollipop and bumblebee #garden #flowers #summer ©

This is the second year with Charles Darwin, a David Austin Rose.

 Charles Darwin Rose #garden #flowers #summer ©

I thought it was yellow when I ordered it, so I

 looked it up to see if I remembered the color correctly

when it first bloomed last year.

Verbena Lollipop and Charles Darwin Rose #garden #flowers #summer ©

I read that it has a reputation for being inconsistent in color, emerging as yellow, apricot,

or cream with a blush of pink, depending on the weather.

Verbena Lollipop and Charles Darwin Rose #garden #flowers #summer ©

The first year blooms were a pale cream with a hint of apricot

and then deeper apricot, but a far cry from yellow.

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.

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

I’ve had several readers ask about the fertilizer I use for my window boxes.

Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster is my ‘go-to’ fertilizer for summer annuals and containers.

I apply it every two weeks to my containers and window boxes starting in the spring,

upping the frequency to every 7 days during the heat of summer when I’m

watering more frequently, to help ‘boost the bloom’!

BloomStruck Endless Summer Hydrangeas #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes #shed ©

Endless Summer Hydrangeas have been blooming for a couple of weeks now.

BloomStruck Endless Summer Hydrangeas #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes #shed ©

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.

BloomStruck Endless Summer Hydrangeas #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas #windowboxes #shed ©

We have a couple of BloomStruck Hydrangeas planted by the Potting Shed.

BloomStruck is a newer addition to the Endless Summer collection of reblooming hydrangeas.

BloomStruck has red-purple stems and like other Endless Summer Hydrangeas,

blooms on old wood from last year’s growth and the new growth of summer.

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

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

Blue Endless Summer Hydrangeas #hydrangeas #garden #flowers ©

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.

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

I’m often asked what fertilizer I use on our 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 mid-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.

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

Mid-June is peak daylily season!

'Custard Candy' Daylily and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed #garden #flowers #summer #daylilies | ©

You can’t beat daylilies for their reliability,

hardiness and big, colorful blooms in the garden!

'Carlotta' Daylily 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.

'Sound of My Heart' Daylily #garden #flowers #summer #daylilies ©

Depending on the variety, the bloom season can last

30 to 40 days, or sometimes longer.

Watson Park Shazam Daylily #garden #flowers #daylily #summer ©

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.

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

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.

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

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.

'Addie Branch Smith' Daylily #garden #flowers #daylily #summer ©

In hot climates, dark-colored varieties of daylilies will benefit from some

afternoon shade, to help them retain their flower color.

'Meno' Daylily and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed#garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas ©

Daylilies will grow for many years with little attention,

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

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

Divide daylilies after the plants have finished blooming

in late summer or early fall.

'Meno' Daylily and Summer Garden Blooms Around the Potting Shed#garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas ©

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.

'Jolyene Nichole' Daylily #garden #flowers #daylily #summer ©

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

'Jolyene Nichole' Daylily #garden #flowers #daylily #summer ©

 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 flowers around the Potting Shed #garden #flowers #daylily #summer ©

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 | ©

What’s blooming in your garden?

BloomStruck Hydrangeas and Summer Garden Blooms Around The Potting Shed #garden #flowers #summer #hydrangeas ©

Thanks for buzzing by!

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Pollinator favorite Verbena Lollipop and bumblebee #garden #flowers #summer ©

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  37 comments for “Around The Potting Shed: Window Boxes and Summer Garden Blooms

  1. Cindi
    June 27, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Your flowers are beautiful! I have four endless summer hydrangeas planted around my fire pit in the wooded area of our yard and they flower but not nearly as much as your beautiful ones. Planted day lilies for the first time in the front of our house and my deer friends said “thank you for a delightful treat” 😀. Isn’t gardening so much fun and looking at your beautiful pictures just brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart ( and just a little garden envy but that’s ok!). Peace.

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:11 am

      Oh deer Cindi! Those 🦌🦌🦌have quite the appetite. We have friends in the mountains and the deer devour any and all shrubs and flowers. Thank you for visit and sweet comment. 🌸❤️

  2. Rita C.
    June 27, 2023 at 6:47 am

    So lush and gorgeous, Mary! I lost count of your daylily varieties, and it’s hard to remember the slight distinctions, but that Lake Norman sunset is a real beauty. Those stems on the newer hydrangea are remarkable, wow, and seeing your Endless Summers do have me reminiscent of mine in my former landscape. I love both tidy and messy gardens, it just requires enough space to enjoy both. Bloom boost is also my go-to, and suspect I’ll be doing like you this week as our temps climb too. Your window boxes are overachiever- fantastic color and growth! Thanks for the virtual stroll this morning as I drink my coffee in the AC. Happy weeding.

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Thank you Rita! I love daylilies for their variety. My late MIL had so many beautiful ones in her garden. I wish we had had the forethought to have dug some up from her property before she sold her house 10 years ago. I’ve been working in the early mornings before the heat and humidity has me rushing back indoors. Hope you’re staying cool. 🌸❤️

  3. Barbara
    June 27, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Your garden is lovely and your lilies amazing. Thank you for sharing. May you have a fantastic Summer.

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Barbara, same to you❣️🌸

  4. Janis
    June 27, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Love your beautiful flowers! Where did you find Mrs Powers? I would love one! Happy Summer!

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Janis! I’ve had Mrs. Powers for several years. She’s still available from MacKenzie-Childs 🌸

  5. Pam
    June 27, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Mary, your blooms are gorgeous! The window boxes are lush and colorful. It is nice to get a break from watering, but the weeds that the rain produces are a nuisance. The daylilies are exquisite and it seems mine have been more prolific than years before. Thanks for all of your gardening tips and for all the flower therapy this morning. I have yet to find a Lollipop verbena. We have highs this week hovering at 100!! Happy gardening and stay cool!

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Pam! It’s sweltering out there, I’m inside and done with my chores by 10 am to avoid the heat and humidity. Happy Thursday, stay cool! 🌸❤️

  6. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    June 27, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Good morning, Mary! This post has been a feast for the eyes with all of your pretty blooms. You have so many beautiful varieties of day lilies. I love all the pink colored ones. Your hydrangeas are breathtaking! I am a little envious. We had a terrible cold snap in the fall so mine aren’t blooming as well this year. Thanks for all the wonderful gardening tips. Wishing you a wonderful day!

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you Shannon! We have a couple of hydrangeas that had some cold weather damage in March after a mild winter, so they’re not as robust as normal. Happy Thursday ❤️🌸

  7. June 27, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Ooooh Mary, I’m in awe at the prolific bounty of beauty in your garden! The Charles Darwin rose is such a pretty color and those hydrangeas and your window box….oh my! The daylily varieties have me wishing I could grow some as each and everyone are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the beauty and how you feed your shrubs and flowers. Blessings to you and keep cool. We are sweltering here in Texas! 🌞❤️

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you Kitty! I’m a heat wimp so I couldn’t tolerate your Texas summers! Stay cool ❤️🌸

  8. June 27, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Mary, such gorgeous eye candy to take in while I drink my morning coffee. Amazing variety of day lilies. Your window boxes are overflowing with lush flowers. I am envious of your rain. In California, I hate when things turn brown. If we had ditch water, I would expand my gardens. We are limited because we use a well for water. Wonderful flower therapy this morning and I am always thankful for your tips.

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much Linda! Your property looks like a tropical resort❣️🌴🌺

  9. June 27, 2023 at 10:44 am

    So beautiful Mary, your garden is happily blooming everywhere! Your close up photos are gorgeous! I am going to go back and pin several for future paintings 🎨 Thank you for sharing your knowledge, tips and tricks too~ Happy weeding :)

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you Jenna! Stay cool and happy painting❣️🎨🖼️

  10. Linda L Hovgaard
    June 27, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Love your garden post and tricks of the trade as always. I think the David Austin rose (Charles Darwin) is a beautiful peach color and looks lovely with the purple verbena lollipop. I love the fact that it changes and you don’t really know what color it will be each year – how fun. This year I planted 12 dahlias from Floret that I grew from seed. I didn’t even know you could grow dahlias from seed! You don’t know what you’re going to get and they’re all unique to each grower because they’re cross pollinated. I love seeing each one bloom and the surprise of what color each of those beautiful blossoms will be. They do form tubers so if you like the color you can dig the tubers in the fall and keep them going. One morning I was strolling through my cutting/sunflower garden and there was my first large bloom – absolutely gorgeous! It is a deep rich burgundy with a yellow center that just glows in the garden. I can even see it from my house which is a ways away – standing out like a jewel in the garden…saying look at me, look at me!
    What would I do without my Home is Where the Boat Is posts…I love all that you share…thank you Mary!

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you for your visits and sweet comment, you’re too kind Linda! I didn’t know you could grow dahlias from seed either! I would love to have an area to plant sunflowers. My few attempts were foiled by the bunnies and squirrels. 🐰🐿️🌻 Wishing you a Happy Fourth weekend. ❤️🇺🇸💙

  11. Donna J Milazzo
    June 27, 2023 at 10:51 am

    So beautiful, thanks for sharing. I’ve never seen such pretty daylilies!

    • June 29, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      Thank Donna, Happy Thursday 🌸❤️

  12. June 27, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I enjoyed seeing all your blooms. Each and every lily is a treat to my eyes! Your gardening tips are so very helpful! I just planted lollipop verbena. It’s new to me so I hope it takes off in our garden.
    Your window boxes are gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for the flower therapy!
    Happy 4th of July weekend to you!

  13. Chaya
    June 27, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Mary. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. What a feast for the eyes!

    June 27, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your gorgeous flowers! Your yard is so beautiful. I love the sunset picture, too. You are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful part of the world! Enjoy those gorgeous flowers and your boat rides on Lake Norman!

  15. Cyndi Raines
    June 28, 2023 at 1:55 am

    Lushisly -gorgeous! Absolutely love the Lake Norman Lily! My day lilies have buds and am hoping my hydrangeas bloom this year, missed their feeding at Eastertime. Dealing with the passing of my sweet furbaby, Buddy, 13 years of good memories to bless my heart though. So time in the garden will help work through the grief, but I may do better at the beach. Have missed our visits, so have some catching up to do. Thank you Mary for sharing your products! You’re the best!♥️🥀🦋

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Oh Cyndi, I’m so sorry to hear about Buddy crossing the rainbow bridge. Our fur babies hold such a special place in our hearts and provide so much companionship.. Thank you for your visit. Thinking of you 🐾❤️

  16. June 28, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    The lushness of your garden knocks my socks off, 4″ of rain and heat and you end up with your bountiful jungle! We have had an extremely cool year, this week we finally will hit 100 degrees spurting on some garden growth for us. Always joyful to visit, I so admire all the efforts you make to keep your blog current and beautiful, its loads of work and we all so appreciate you!

  17. Marion
    June 28, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    Mary there is no doubt that you have a green thumb. Your flowers are breath taking. Our favorite is that gorgeous Apricot Rose. The Roses were extra good this month. The Red and the White Roses gave us more flowers than previous years.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Marion! 🌹Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend, ❤️🇺🇸

  18. Clara
    June 28, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Mary, Your garden is absolutely gorgeous! The window boxes are stunning. Your hydrangeas are beautiful as are the day lilies. I always enjoy seeing your garden. It’s so pretty. We had 80+mph straight line winds Sunday evening around 7 and we just got our power back a little before noon today. The sound of the a/c never sounded better! We lost several trees as they were blown completely down. Our hydrangeas don’t have blooms as they came up from the roots due to extreme cold this past winter but they are a healthy green. All our evergreen shrubs took a hit from the extreme cold and are struggling to come back, so it’s wonderful seeing your lush garden. You work really hard in it and it shows. Thank you for sharing your beautiful results. I enjoyed the stroll! Stay cool. Clara❤️

    • June 29, 2023 at 11:22 am

      Oh Clara, I’m so sorry to hear about the damage to your trees and power outage. I know you were thrilled to have your A/C finally back again with this heat! I would have made a bad pioneer without the comfort of A/C. 😀 Thank you for visit and sweet comment. 🌸❤️

  19. Ellen
    June 29, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Everything is beautiful!! I love my asiatic lilies and they have just finished blooming…can’t wait until next year! Now my agapanthus is getting ready to bloom and hopefully, when they are finished, my zinnias will be blooming!!! Continuous beauty!!

  20. June 29, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Your window boxes are looking very abundant this year! Those verbenas are a favorite of mine. They look so cool rising above other plants.

  21. June 30, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Mary, I love seeing all your garden blooms. Do you have Mrs. Powers planted in a bed or a container? Mine is in a container with a vine. I like the zinnias surrounding her! So hot here that everything is struggling! Including ME!!!

    • June 30, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Sarah, Mrs. Powers is in a container. I sprinkled in zinnia seeds with her as they’re *sow* easy to grow from seed! I tried sowing zinnias directly into the ground but the bunnies nibble the seedlings as soon as they emerge. I saw a sign the other day that said, ‘Plant A Garden Feed A Bunny.’ 🐰 :) I’ve become a heat wimp, I don’t know how you Texas girls tolerate those extreme temperatures. Stay cool. ♥

  22. Kim
    July 3, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Mary, your garden is just beautiful and I can only imagine the work that you put into it – and it shows! I love all your close-up shots of butterflies and bees, and Mrs. Powers is precious. The hydrangeas are favorites – you must have different soil compositions in different parts of your garden to have both pink and blue hydrangeas. So lovely and thank you for sharing!

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