The Full Sun Plant that Wasn’t

The Full Sun Plant that Wasn’t

 

If you remember, I created a new flower bed this spring out by the road which incorporated our mailbox. If not, you can read about it HERE.

I remember how excited I was when I found Huchera for full sunΒ and put it in my new mailbox garden.Β  It was so pretty and the perfect color. But when July rolled around, it was determined that this is the full sun plant that wasn’t. Or at least not in Zone 7B in Alabama. Poor thing. It just shriveled up and died in our heat. Lesson learned: no huchera in full sun even if the tag says differently.

I had a hard time finding anything to replace them, but eventually found these. They have not been bold so I am not totally pleased, but at least they have been green and not shriveled and brown!

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

Full Sun Garden, Mailbox Garden, Gardening in the South

A couple of weeks ago, I had the urge to buy pansies. I haven’t planted pansies in several years, so it was time.

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden, pansies

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden, pansies

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden, pansies

I took these pictures one morning before work, but the sun was too brilliant and I had to try again another day.

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

The pansies are just getting started blooming. I can’t wait till they really get going.

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

I had planted sweet alyssum seeds back in the summer but they didn’t germinate very well at all this year. But there are a few plants here.

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

So this is how my mailbox garden looks today.

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

Mailbox garden, full sun garden, southern garden

 

Do you plant pansies in the fall?

 

 

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16 comments

  1. Lisa Hollowell says:

    Yes we plant pansies! I think my favorite are the white and orange ones (because I don’t see the orange ones as much). Solomon likes the “more traditional” purple and yellow ones. I love that they give us color all winter long.

    • gwingal says:

      Aren’t they such a bright spot in winter?? That is why I love camellias too. I seem to always plant purple or yellow or both, but I love the coral/orange ones and get them when I see them. Like you, I have a hard time finding them. πŸ™‚

    • gwingal says:

      It sure is different gardening in the south and in the north I am sure! I live in central Alabama and pansies do great here from Nov-March. Thanks for visiting with me “Mama”. πŸ™‚

    • gwingal says:

      Pansies are such a bright spot of color when the world is rather drab and dull! Good luck on your landscaping Whitney. And thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  2. madamdreamweaver says:

    The re-do with pansies is lovely. I love Herchura (coral bells) and have tried planting it several times in shade her in Panhandle Florida, just a little further south,.and it lasts through spring, then dies before the next fall. I have no idea why. We had plenty of rain. I do know Coral Bells don’t like too much water and easily becomes vulnerable to mildew, followed quickly by death. I haven’t figured out the magic formula for getting to stay.

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