Design with Solar Power

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August 21, 2017 

As we gazed up at the recent Total Eclipse we started thinking about autumn designs for sun. That transition phase of late summer to fall is on the horizon, and we have a lot of color choices to get the creative wheels turning. 

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Fall fun in the sun

Here are some Blue Ribbon ideas for sun:

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Bidens ‘Bee Alive’

HEIGHT/VERTICAL INTEREST

  • Angelonia ‘AngelFace Blue’
  • Millet
  • Pennisetum grasses
  • Sunfinity sunflowers

FILLERS

  • Bidens ‘Bee Alive’
  • Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Dreamsicle’
  • Petunia ‘Famous Purple’
  • Rudbeckia ‘Toto Rustic’
  • Snapshot snapdragons
  • Profusion zinnia

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Creeping jenny

FOLIAGE

  • Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ (creeping jenny)
  • Muehlenbeckia (creeping wirevine)
  • Variegated vinca vine

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Ornamental cabbages for texture

TEXTURE

  • Celosia: ‘Intenz’; ‘Twisted Orange’; ‘First Flame Yellow’

ORNAMENTALS

  • Osaka cabbage
  • Nagoya kale
  • ‘Masquerade’ pepper
  • Zea ‘Field of Dreams’ (ornamental corn)

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‘SolarPower Lime’ ipomoea

Now, last year we planted up some actual SolarPower ipomoea to see how it got along with other plants, and how it held up to the hot summer temps. We were happy with it on both counts, so you can add it to the list above under FOLIAGE—we’re growing it in Lime and Black.