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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: Perennials Reply with quote

When planting flowers or herbs in hanging pots or planters, try perennials.
You can even combine perennials with annuals, but will have to replant annuals next year.

Here are a few that I have had success with in containers.
French Tarragon is a perennial herb. It is planted in a floor container which sits on the deck. It grow back every year lasting all season. Adds flavor to fish recipes. I chopped some today to use in an Aioli sauce.

Lemon Balm, spearmint, and catmint are controlled easier in a container and make a pretty display.
Sometimes sage endures the winter weather and other times, I have had to replace it.

Carnation, Sweet William, Blue Daze, and Campanella make pretty hanging baskets.

Some I have to bring in the house for the winter like hibiscus and asparagus fern. (They are not perennials in my zone.)

A few years ago, I planted a Nandina bush, which struggled to grow in the garden, in a large pot. It has thrived and endured the winter in a large container and adds a lot of color to the deck.

I am trying Everbearing Strawberries this year to see what will happen.

I have certainly killed a lot of plants trying to figure out what does and doesn't work.
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