My deck plantings are really enjoying the hot temps. I think they grow at least six inches a day! I am always eager for them to begin looking decent as we enjoy using the deck for entertaining. Twice since Saturday we have enjoyed drinks on the deck before bringing our guests inside for a grilled dinner (we don't really like to eat outside--we don't find bugs in food very appetizing).
I love to plant my containers for foliage interest . I enjoy the colorful foliage just as much as the flowers. Maybe even more so--I don't have to deadhead the foliage. :) Right now my deck is a riot of color with only one flower in bloom. Just look at the colors and textures in these planters of coleus, dahlia, elephant ears, callas, and cannas.
This Persian Palm Elephant Ears has great texture with its deeply veined leaves. It is suppose to get humongous--7 ft tall with 3 feet wide leaves. This one is two years old and never gets much larger than this.
Canna leaves with swathes of brown, white spotted calla leaves, and feathery dahlia foliage all combine to add interest to this grouping.
I am really into the rusty red varieties, like this new Proven Winner Colorblaze 'Keystone Kopper'. It gets up to 3 ft tall and can grow in the sun. It's growing with another Elephant Ears (no ideas what variety).
Sometimes I like the coleus to be in the same color family like this 'Sedona' coleus (also PW Colorblaze series) with the striped Tropicanna leaves. 'Sedona' looks very similar to 'Keystone Kopper'.
The only flower I have in bloom right now are these yellow callas.
I told her that works for me. I would be happy to save it for her.