The callas are almost finished just as the butterfly bush has come into bloom. I centered the callas with this huge bush in hopes they would bloom together and am happy that they are, even if it is only a short time. I anticipate the Buddelia (butterfly bush) will overhang the deck a bit more in the days to come. If all goes as planned the big flower spikes will tumble right down over the railing to replace the spent callas.
I had to play around with a few different containers to get a grouping I liked.
Hopefully, you would never know it's made up of little "yawns" like these!
By the way, when I call these "yawns", it is not a terribly negative term. I plant yawns on purpose because they are a necessity if you plan to arrange and re-arrange as I like to do.
Since I used many of the plants from the arrangement I changed last week, I had to bring in other plants for that space. Now it is almost all red and purple.
As soon as that canna blooms, I think there will be a burst of orange. I hope it's the spotted orange canna, but I can't remember at the moment. I was very excited today when I spotted a bud almost ready!
I know some of you are interested in calla lilies and are thinking of growing them. I took this picture to show you how they look as they begin to wither and die.
The flower gets heavy with the seeds developing inside and they turn green and just flop on over. I don't care about gathering the seeds, so this is the point that I cut them down. They do not rebloom.
If you take a little time to plan your container (or grouping as I do) you can enjoy the spotted foliage for weeks to come. I underplanted with a few impatiens and last year's purple petunias decided to make a welcome come back. By placing the long container where I did, it becomes the underplanting for the Buddelia. You see there is method to my madness!