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Sharing Gardening Love

Big color from annuals

Today’s photos come from Margarita Chmykhalova. When I let her know I’d be posting her photos on the GPOD, she responded, “Awesome! Husband and I would be thrilled to share our garden loves with others. We live in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside of downtown Portland. Most of our best gardening photos are of our porch and front yard, as they get sun just about all day long. Happy gardening!”

Margarita sure takes advantage of her sunny front yard to go all out with annuals! Bold stripes of color make a dramatic statement.

Rows of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) line the side of the yard. Sunflowers have to be the plant that gives you the biggest bang for your buck. In addition to being easy to grow from seed and widely adaptable, as long as they get plenty of sun, sunflowers will reward you with lots of huge flowers that look great in the garden or in a vase, are beloved by pollinators, and turn into natural bird feeders as the seeds develop.

petuniasHuge containers overflowing with petunias (Petunia × hybrida, annual) and sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas, annual) bring a huge mass of color to the front porch.

sunflower patchThe sunflower patch shows some of the diversity available in these wonderful flowers.

More of the petunias on the front porch. Petunias have been popular garden plants ever since they were introduced to horticulture from their native habitats in South America. They are consistently one of the best-selling annuals in the world, and plant breeders are always working to develop heavier flowering, more compact forms, with new colors and patterns. Whatever variety you choose, petunias are a surefire way to bring lots of color all summer long.

Margarita posing in the profusion of flowers.

white petuniasA big mass of white petunias lines the edge of the front porch.

hanging basketsIn this planting, truly enormous hanging baskets full of petunias complement huge dahlia plants along the porch. Annuals are a great way to bring lots of color through the season, and they’re fun because you can try something completely different each year.


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    TimVaughn 01/21/2020

    So beautiful and colorful! Awesome.

  2. Maggieat11 01/21/2020

    Fabulous!!! Your gardens must be the envy of the neighborhood. Wow. Traffic-stopping awesomeness!!

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    meander_michaele 01/21/2020

    Margarita, I'll bet many of us here in GPOD-land would love to know your secret for keeping your petunia baskets and containers so lush and abundantly flower packed. I'll be honest, I have never seen such magnificent masses of petunia blooms outside of famous public gardens. Please share some tips if you have a chance to comment. And, it was fun to see you, the gardener, looking as beautiful as your flowers.

  4. blondie3 01/21/2020

    Well done, your flower love is overflowing.

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    simplesue 01/21/2020

    Aahhh "the sunflower forest", magnificent!
    I'm inspired to try sunflowers again after seeing yours thriving.
    It's also nice to "meet" the gardeners, in their gardens, you are very colorful and a picture of health and match your garden perfectly!
    Enjoyed the tour, thanks for sharing!

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    treasuresmom 01/21/2020

    Love that striped flowerbed! And yes, sunflowers do give you lots of bang for the buck.

  7. btucker9675 01/21/2020

    Those sunflowers brightened my Tuesday. Your garden is so joyful and gorgeous!

  8. Cenepk10 01/21/2020

    Gorgeous House Gorgeous Garden Gorgeous Gardener ! Wow, Margarita ... Personality popping all over ... That was a fun post in dreary winter !!! Thanks !!!

  9. user-7007940 01/21/2020

    Totally gorgeous. The flowers look good too ;)

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    TroutChisholm 04/02/2020

    Awesome Post!

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    RobertDaves 05/06/2020

    It's amazing!

  12. josemurphy 08/27/2020


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