This is the second time I have planted coleus 'Henna' in my urns flanking my garage. I love this coleus with the bright red leaf underside. I would plant it every year, but I can't always find it in my small town.
Here is the other urn where the top of the leaves is more prominent than the underside:
I like the sawtooth edges of 'Henna's' leaves.
I am still giddy over the Japanese Bottle Brush shrub blooms (even though they look nothing like the "fuzzy caterpillar" pic Breck's showed
). I also had no idea the plant would be this tall as their description says up to 3 feet high) and mine is well over 6 ft.
Following are some pictures from the Breck's order I received this spring. I am linking to the order url should any of you want to order your own. BTW, I get nothing, zero, zip, nada to talk about Breck's. About 50% of the time I am not happy with them, so they certainly would not be paying me to post about their product. I am just linking as a convenience to my readers.
This is 'Little Blue Wonder',
a dwarf sea holly. I love it -- but I ordered 5 of these from Breck's
and this in the only one that came up.
I had planted them all across the front edge of my small dahlia garden under the living room window.
I am so sad that I don't have a sea of blue under the pink 'Park Princess' dahlias as I had planned. Yikes, I just looked at my order form and realized that I paid $14.99 each for the dwarf sea hollies! Since only one survived, it cost me $79.95 for one plant. I better write to Breck's
and request a refund. Breck's has a great refund policy. If something is not right, they refund or replace the item. That is why I continue to order their products.
I am loving the bold paintbrush splashes of dark red/purple in this dahlia called 'Tropical'
The yellow color at the petal base looks like the sun is shining through. I am totally happy with this purchase. I planted two of these, but so far I have only seen one that has bloomed. I am not sure if the other died or if it's just a late bloomer.
This is what I got.
It is nothing like what I ordered! Very disappointing! Another refund request will be sent for this dud.
Talk about disappointing.....remember this 'White Feather' hosta?
I planted it in a container so I could give it special attention.
This is what came up:
I paid $19.99 for this!!! I almost tossed it in the compost pile. The only positive thing I can say about it is that it did, indeed, come up white.
I hid the pot behind some other containers on the deck and kept it watered. It surprised me by putting out many new leaves. Here it is today:
So it's alive and much bigger, but it's a totally blah hosta once the leaves fill with chlorophyll. I knew it would only be white as it emerged and then it was supposed to have white streaked leaves. I guess there is a bit of white streaking, but, honestly, I would not waste the money to buy this hosta. I won't ask for a refund, because it did survive and I knew that it would only have white leaves as it emerged. If it survives the winter, I think I will be much happier next spring.
I still have one dahlia that I received from Breck's that I have not yet seen a bloom. It's called American Dawn
. I can't remember which container I planted it in, but if it blooms, I will show you the pictures.
This post is getting way too long and taking me way too long to create so I will end it now. I hope you are enjoying your late summer garden!