Whether you are a garden novice or a veteran gardener, you may be aware of the sad fact that our shade garden annual favorite is being denied life by the nasty downy mildew that spreads
all across our nation now. Even if you save your own Impatien seed and keep other garden center plants away from your carefully and lovingly tended imps, you are still vulnerable as this is an airborn pathogen that will stay in your soil from one season to the next. It starts on the underside of the plant where you don't always see it. You won't notice until the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the plant withering and dying. There is nothing as of yet that effectively will combat the virulent attack.
This is my list of alternatives to the dilemma of what to plant to give that same heavenly splash of color in the shade garden.
My top picks are
1) Begonia , green wax leaf, tuberous , angel and dragon wing
4) New guinea impatien
8) Shade coleus
10) Euphorbia 'diamond frost'
15) Fan Flower(Scaevola)
There are a bunch more that will take part shade such as Nicotiana, Salvia, and Sweet Williams.
I will miss the sweet sweet impatien, but while the experts search for a cure, it gives us all the opportunity to step out of our garden box and into the wild new territory of DIFFERENT and awesome plants that will put a smile on our garden faces.#itchingforspring
I've seen a lot of these towers (and made them for others) out of clay pots, but decided to make mine out of old buckets and a tub.
HOW IT'S MADE: Cut a piece of rebar the height of your tower plus 12 to 18 inches. Drill offset holes just larger than your rebar in your buckets near the sides. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom tub. Pound a piece of rebar in the ground and thread your buckets over it balancing the buckets on the edges. Be sure and pound the rebar in far enough to hide it with the top bucket and plants. You can pond it in a bit more once your buckets are placed. Place a terra cotta pot upside down in the tub for the bottom bucket to rest on so it doesn't sink into the soil in the tub. Fill the bottoms of each bucket with peanut packing for drainage and to make them lighter. Plant with wave petunias, asparagus fern, vinca and other trailing plants. Watering tip: Water slowly so the soil doesn't wash out of the tilted buckets so your soil doesn't wash out.
Commented on Aug 30, 2012
I LOVE this! Adorable & funtional! Thanks for the directions.
First, I found the Elephant ear concrete leaf at a local yard sale for 2 bucks. Took it home and pressure washed all the paint off. I like the natural look from the elements. The
following weekend I found the pedestal at another, it was naturally and perfectly worn to match..and another 2 bucks...that's the best part of making a girl happy. Here she is all finished and placed in the flower beds accompanied by a giant dragon fly.
Commented on Jul 29, 2012
Your garden is gorgeous!! Congrats on finding the bird bath so cheaply...It's beautiful!