Every year I spruce up the deck a bit for the spring/summer season. I’ve delayed this year because I’ve been getting estimates for having the porch and decks pressure washed and painted and it didn’t make sense to buy plants and fill up all the pots if they were all going to have to be moved, come painting time. Once plans for a Memorial Day cookout got underway, I threw caution to the wind and started sprucing it up anyway. That’s me…always practical! 😉
Remember the pagoda umbrella I purchased a while back? I tucked it away for winter but it was time to pull it back out. Here’s how it looks from the porch.
I also purchased two tree form Tardiva Hydrangeas. Since I haven’t planted trees back where the old Leyland Cypress were, I was looking for a way to provide a bit of privacy for the porch and deck on this end of the house. I was amazed to find hydrangeas that can take full sun and even more amazed to find them in a tree form.
I had them a tad too close to the grill when the hamburgers were cooking and some of the leaves turned brown and shriveled up from the heat coming out of the side vents of the grill. Drat! I think they’ll be fine though…just lost a few leaves.
I think I’m going to transplant them into bigger pots. When I water it in this one, the water runs off the top onto the deck, instead of sinking in. A bigger, deeper pot should give the water a place to go and will allow for some moss or decorative mulch on top.
The Tardiva Hydrangeas bloom later in the season and the flowers will be white. I was told by the nursery that hydrangeas that take full sun always have white flowers. I can’t wait to see them in bloom!
Another view of the pagoda umbrella, it came from Pier 1 last summer.
The bottle tree was in rough shape after the constant rain we had at the end of summer and into fall last year.
Each bottle got a much-needed bath and a few badly faded ones went into the recycle bin. I need to find a few more bottles this summer to fill in some of the gaps. It’s kind of fun, searching down bottles in bright colors for the tree. Sometimes I’m even forced to consume their tasty contents, of course all in the name of acquiring another pretty bottle for the tree.
Last year I planted a Pony Tail (also known as a Fox Tail) fern in a planter here on the deck. This picture below was taken right after the pot was filled last summer. At the end of summer I brought the pot inside and kept it in the light of the bay window in the breakfast room.
It wintered over well. Wish I could remember the name of the white flower spilling over the front.
The only thing I added to it this year when I brought it back out onto the deck was the purple Million Bells Petunias.
This end of the deck needed sprucing up, too. I’m trying a tree form Hibiscus again this year on both decks, hoping the squirrels won’t steal all the leaves off them like they have done in year’s past! You can see my naked hibiscus in this post: Knockout Rose Trees Knock Out Squirrels. I found these standard hibiscus at Wal-Mart for just $25 each! Awesome price!
I think I’m a little obsessed with the tree form shapes…just love how they look and the height you get with them. The pot is from Lowes and sports a pretty fleur de lis shape on front.
The other side…
I especially love the trees with the braided stems. Such a romantic look, isn’t it? The braided stems are normally so expensive. I couldn’t believe the awesome prices they had them for in Wally World!
I planted Calibrachoa (also know as Million Bells) all around the base of the hibiscus.
Remember the whimsical planter I purchased a few months ago?
It’s filled with pretty pink and yellow Gerbera daisies. I had them on the oval table inside the porch for the Memorial Day cookout. Once the decks and porch are cleaned and painted, I’ll get the potting table moved upstairs out onto the deck and I plan to place this cute planter on top of it. Maybe. 🙂
Are you sprucing up decks and patios? Anyone else out there obsessed with tree forms or topiary style plants?