Early May 2018

Many flowers are currently in bloom around the yard. Flowers growing include: Alyssum, Anemone, Primrose, Double Cowslip Primrose, Basket of Gold, Betty Boop Iris, Inky Dink Iris, Many varieties of Daffodils in yellow and white, Muscari and Valerie Finnis. We also had geese visit our yard with their new cute babies. Spring is finally here and we are very excited for more blooms! 

 

July 26, 2017

Here is what’s currently growing around the yard, all of the colors are so wonderful. The first photo is all the plants that we bought to transfer into the ground. I love the orange lilies, the way they hang and the speckling on the petals is so interesting. We also have coleus growing inside of an old water fountain towards the back of the house. 

May 23, 2017

Here are some of the plants that are currently growing around the yard. All of the colors are so beautiful and vibrant. I love how the hanging plants colors all mix together. Look at how large the hosta in the front plant pot grew! The red daisies against the lush green of the leaves is a sight to see. There are many seedlings also growing in the greenhouse. I can’t wait to plant them all! 

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April 14th, 2017

Spring is in full effect around the yard, here is some photos of what is growing around the yard! Flowers include Daffodils (both white and yellow), our beautiful Callory Pear Tree, Red Tulips, Lentin Rose, Cowslip Primrose, Mini Grape Hyacinths, our snowdrops are beginning to fade out and powder blue Chionodoxa is coming in nicely. 

April 11th, 2017

Spring is here, which means flowers are popping up all over the yard! Here is what is currently growing in our yard. The flowers include Chionodoxa, Pink and Purple Hyacinth, Crocus, Flowering Quince, Dark Purple Hyacinth, Lots and lots of Daffodils, and Mini Grape Hyacinths. This is gonna be a good spring for growing flowers! 

Fall Perennials

Here are the perennials growing for fall right now. We managed to capture a photo of a bumble bee perched on one of the flowers along the shed. He must have been in the process of pollinating! I love when plants bloom during the fall, its a beautiful mix of summer plants with the new winter plants. 

Project Bloom February Update

Hello Project Bloomers! February is here, which means that Project Bloom has started up again! Seeds have already been planted for the coreopsis, gallardia, andno_dogs1200 rudbeckia. We also planted 20 flats of Alyssum in Royal Carpet (purple) and Carpet of Snow (white.) I painted two new signs to be put up at the garden, this “No Dogs” sign that will be mounted on the fence later this week, and also one that says “Seeding is Believing” to be put above the Greenhouse entry.

We got 2 checks from the Master Gardeners after our presentation to the group last week. One from the group and one from Judy S. (Very big thank you!) Bob and I went to Job Lot and got 2 birdbaths for the gardens. The big one will go in the main Pollinator Garden area, and the little one will go in the children’s garden. They are glazed terra cotta, so we will store them indoors until after last frost. Wth the rest of the money, I got a few more perennial seeds, and Bob is going to go to Home Depot anseeding1200d buy 2×2 posts and enough wire to complete the “deer proofing” of the vegetable garden, around the new fenced area.

birdbaths1200Project Bloom meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 9:30 to 11 am at the Greenhouse. We welcome new people, and you don’t have to RSVP! Just show up! We can always use the extra hands and friendly gardeners!

Vegetable Garden Expanded

On Saturday 1/16/16, Bob and I took advantage of the warm weather and relocated the fence line. The picket fence surrounding the vegetable garden was shifted toward the parking lot, and had sections added to extend the garden perimeter. This adds between 800 and 900 square feet of space to our garden. We will relocate the flower photo board to outside the fence when the ground thaws again. The children’s garden will move from the corner near the greenhouse to the corner closest to the playground. Following the photos of the Fence project are some flowers in bloom in the greenhouse in mid-January.

Seeds for 2016 Greenhouse Season

This year for 2016 we plan to grow only varieties of plants that the deer don’t like and that are drought resistant. The only real exception to this are the sunflowers. Deer love them, but I do too! Most of our community volunteer gardens are dealing with either deer or problems getting water or both, and this should improve their chances for success with our plants. When determining our plants for this year, I chose varieties that we have had good luck growing from seed in the past.  This year I have it down to 17 varieties of good old standards: 10 annuals, 2 edibles and 5 perennials.  

November Project Bloom Photos

Here’s a photo gallery of the Project Bloom gardens from last month. I am so impressed with the alyssum, snapdragons and gallardia that won’t stop blooming! The Geraniums in the greenhouse are ready for cuttings, and the vegetable beds are all cleaned up for the season. We are glad that the deer ignored the columbine this year, so it will come back as a strong perennial next year.

Our Garden – November 12, 2015

Come see what is in bloom for the month of November in our garden right now! We have been doing a lot of work in the yard recently as well. We have put down a foundation for the new greenhouse in the backyard, we have started to form a rock garden, and we put down new stepping stones in the front yard. Some of the flowers growing include Gerber Daisies, Hydrangeas and Atrium. 

November Update: Project Bloom

Here is an update for November 2015, for Project Bloom. Lacrosse Players from Dowling College came and volunteered. They helped put down wood chips, fix up one of our beds and they connected two separate beds into one big one. Big thanks to them! The memorial garden is also in full bloom, the Alyssum and Snapdragons look beautiful along the perimeter. If you look closely you can see the water peaking through the trees behind the memorial garden. 

Flowers Growing at Project Bloom!

Come take a look at the flowers that are currently growing in the Project Bloom Garden in September 2015! The flowers growing include White Cosmos, Marigolds, Pink Zinnias, Spirea Hedge, Alyssum, Red Sunflowers, Lupine, Basket of Gold, Painted Daisy Seedlings, Purple Asters, Rose, Chinese Dunce Cap, Gallardia and California Poppy. Everything is so colorful! 

The Vegetables growing in Project Bloom’s Garden!

Here are some photos of the vegetables growing in Project Bloom’s garden! The plants include tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, Swiss chard, tomatillos, eggplant, squash, parsley, sage and thyme. They all are doing fabulously! The garden smells fabulous from all the herbs that are growing as well. The tomatoes and watermelon are growing so large as well! 

What to plant in the Summer for the Fall!

While summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean your gardening has to. There are many plants that should be planted now to insure they grow for the winter and fall season. Also many of the plants thrive better when exposed to the cold fall weather and frost. Some that benefit from the frost include Brussel Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Kale and even Turnips. But what do I mean by frost you ask? Frost is generally a light coating of ice that occurs overnight and is split into three categories of intensity. Light freeze is anywhere between temperatures 28 and 31 degrees, Moderate freeze happens between 24 and 28 degrees, and Severe freeze which occurs below 24 degrees. All of the previous plants noted should be harvested before the first frost. On Long Island, our first frost typically happens around October 15th. Here is a list of plants that can be seeded now, for a harvest in the upcoming seasons.

  • Beets (sow one-half to 1-inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12-18 inches apart)
  • Cabbage (sow one-half to 3/4-inch deep and 3-inches apart. Harvest when heads first feel solid)
  • Kale (sow one-quarter to one-half inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 24 inches apart. Harvest when leaves reach full size)
  • Lettuce (sow directly into the garden one-eighth inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Head lettuces should be harvested when head feels firm but before it bolts)
  • Radishes (sow directly into the garden one-half inch deep and 1-inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Harvest before the ground freezes)
  • Spinach (sow one-half to 1-inch deep and 3-inches apart. Harvest when full sized or a few leaves as necessary)
  • Swiss Chard (sow 1-inch deep and 4-inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart. Harvest by removing the outer leaves as needed)

Project Bloom Gardens Late June

Here are some before and after photos at the Project Bloom Community Garden. It is coming along beautifully, and I am so proud of our progress. We also received a brand new sign for the garden from KIC! There are many plants in bloom at the moment as well. Check out how pretty the roses along the Greenhouse wall are! 

What’s Growing in our Containers

Here’s currently what is in bloom in our myriad of planters and containers. We are growing Rosemary Begonia, Hypoestis, Clivia, Orchids, Assorted Annuals, Snake Plant, Jenny Salvia, Dusty Miller, Marigold, Petunia, Dianthus, Coleus and Rubber Tree Plants.  The large blue pots were refurbished, we painted them over in blue house paint to make them look as good as new! 

New Dianthus

Take a look at all the new Dianthus growing in our garden at the moment! Dianthus is so pretty and small. Varieties we are growing include Raspberry Parfait and Clove Scented. Raspberry Parfait is definitely one of my favorite strains, the pink against the white is so vibrant and brings a breath of fresh air to any garden.  

Our Ferns

Ferns are a great way to get foliage coverage around the yard. Here are the some varieties of ferns that are growing in our yard. Varieties include Lady, Ostrich and Japanese Painted. The green color is so bright and eye-catching. Ferns are a beautiful foliage to grow in the garden and around the yard, everyone should have some!   

Our New Beds

Here are some photos of the newly planted beds that are in our garden. Hopefully they stay like they are before the squirrels get to them! We have planted Lilac, Gerber Daisies, Lobelia, Hypoestis, Balloon Flower, Coleus, Dianthus, Dobule Petunias, Rosie O’Day Alyssum, Snapdragons, Pulmonaria, and Primrose. We have pulled out the large Threadleaf Cyprus in the front yard to make room as well. 

What’s In Bloom Early June 2015

Here’s currently what is in bloom in our garden. There are many plants including: Columbine, Snapdragons, Rhododendron, Lupine, Tree Peonies, Geum, Blueberries, Thyme, Strawberries, Spiderwort, Rose Campion, Snigle Mock Orange Shrubs, Foxglove, Lavender, Kousa Dogwood Tree, Irises, Houttania, Hens and Chicks, Euonymous Lilac, Painted Daisies, Double Mock Orange, Knockout Rose, Our Vegetable Garden, Marigolds, Gerber Daisies, Dusty Millar Hosta, Blue Mist Hydrangea Shrub, Snowmound Spirea and Azalea. 

Project Bloom Update Late May 2015

These photos were taken on May 20th at Project Bloom’s gardens at Brookwood Hall, in East Islip. The vegetable beds are nearly completed and most are planted for the season. We’ve added a Kid’s Garden and a fun fence from reclaimed wood. Once the vegetable garden is done, our focus will be the memorial garden. We will continue to meet throughout the summer on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 9:30 to plant perennials and to maintain our new garden beds.

May 7th, 2015

Beautiful flowers are in bloom in our yard at the moment! We have many different types of flowers including English Daisy (Bellis), Our Spring Bed which has Betty Boo Dwarf Iris, Inky Dink Iris, Double Cowslip Primrose, Basket of Gold which is a perennial allysum, Spice Bush Vibernum, Tulips, Daffodils and Creeping Phlox. In our Mailbox Bed we have hostas. In our yard we also have Asiatic Lilies, Tulips, Iris, more Daffodils, Chierianthus (Wallflowers), Foxglove (from last year seedlings), a cool variety of daffodil which is white with an orange center, and we also have Chinese Dunce Caps (Orostachys iwarenge.)

Blue and Gold Spring Bed

This bed located in our backyard, right by the back door where I can see these bulbs all the time.. Some of the flowers include Cowslip Primrose, Basket of Gold Allysum, Powder Blue Mini Hyacinths (Valerie Finnis) Muscari, and dwarf iris. I love how the colors look next to each other. So cheerful this time of year.

Our Bleeding Hearts

Here is a collection of photos of our Bleeding Heart plants from this season. I love the bright pink color at the top of the flower. I think they are so pretty and quaint. Bleeding hearts are such a great plant to have around the garden for pops of color, there is also varietals that come in white. 

What’s in bloom for May

Take a look at what’s growing in our yard at the moment. All the colors are so beautiful and vibrant. The flowers blooming this month include Johnny Jump Ups, Yellow Tulips, Red Double Tulips, Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles), A pathway made of Thyme, A Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Callery Pear Tree (Pyrus calleryana), Purple Tulips, Weeping Cherry Tree, Orange frittalaria, Japanese Andromeda (pieris) and Creeping Phlox. I said it last month, and I will say it again– this is by far my favorite time of the year!

Our Daffodil Beds for April

Here are the beds in the front and on the side of the house that contain our beautiful Daffodils. We have so many Daffodils that our yard is a sea of yellow in the springtime. The only downside to having so many of these flowers, is fighting off the squirrels from stealing our bulbs.

What’s in bloom for late April

Here’s what is blooming in our yard during late April. I love this time of the year– every day something new is coming up from the ground! Some of the flowers blooming include Daffodils, Flowering Quince, Yellow Epimedium, White Rock Cress, Small Spirea, Coral Bells (Heuchera) and Creeping Sedum, Bleeding Hearts, Forsytheia and Vinca Vine. The Bleeding Hearts are so cute! 

Crocus Flowers

Our Crocus flowers were in full bloom on Monday (April 13th) , and now they’re starting to fade. Here are a few closeups of them while they were in their prime. Crocus are awesome plants to have, because they come back every year and the colors are bright and beautiful no matter what strain of plant you are growing. 

Vegetable Bed Cleanup Progress

We are still hoping to complete this Vegetable garden cleanup by Earth Day, so that the gardeners can get started planting vegetables. Bob and Ed Quinn have been making great progress in the community Garden. The two of them have been working alone to clear out the old wood and debris in the beds. They are trying to get it in better shape before the KIC junior commissioners come for the clean up day on Sunday April 19th. We are so happy to have these high school students adopt our spot for their community volunteer effort this spring. Two of the largest beds have been rebuilt and placed into their new positions. We are still searching for cedar to rebuild the remaining 25 beds if anyone knows of a source….

 

Lilacs

Lilacs are a favorite of mine. I love the way they smell, the way they look, I love everything about them. We have 5 different varieties of lilacs in our yard. They include Sensation lilacs, Primrose lilacs, Giant White lilacs, Josee lilac, and the Big Standard lilac. I was amazed that all of these different varieties were in bloom at the same time. All these photos were taken on the same day: May 16, 2014.

Spirea Hedgerow and Curb

We installed some 6×6 timbers to act as a curb for the gravel roadway and planted a run of Bridal wreath spires. The wood was donated by one of Project Bloom’s members, Steve. Thank you Steve!   Along the curb we will plant a line of Spirea hedges. Project Bloom Renovation is in full effect, and we can’t wait for the end result! It will be a great community space for gardening! 

 

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From Snowfall to Snowdrops

All the snow that we had this season finally melted to reveal beautiful mounds of snowdrops under the hickory tree. It was refreshing seeing these small plants pop up after all the snow we had. Large clumps of sweet smelling flowers peaking through the underbrush was a great way to end the long, cold winter. 

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Spring has sprung!

The first day of Spring has arrived with a blast of snow, and with it took (hopefully) the last of winter! It snowed all morning and a bit of the afternoon, but once the sun came out it all cleared up quickly. We can finally see the snowdrops and crocus blooming though the last of the snow.

Disney's Epcot Flower Show 2015

Disney’s Epcot Flower Show 2015 Part II

Here are some close up shots of the flowers in Epcot. All the displays were eye catching and were such a welcome sight after the long NY winter. I would highly recommend seeing this show if ever given the chance. I loved seeing all the intricate landscape designs made with the different colored flowers. Who would have thought that a picture of flowers made from flowers would look so immaculate! 

Disney's Epcot Flower Show 2015

Disney’s Epcot Flower Show 2015

Every spring for the last 5 years, my sisters and I meet up with a trip to Walt Disney World. This year we were lucky to be going the same time as the Epcot Flower Showcase. Epcot was lush with beautiful flowers and topiary’s of the famous characters.  This year the showcase was being held from March 4th until May 17th. At Epcot they have concerts, games for children, informational meetings, even food and drink that is based on the showcase!  Here are some wide shots of the beautiful displays and some favorite characters of mine.

Peanut Plant Seedlings

Peanut Plant Seedlings

Bob has been growing Peanuts the last few years from some seeds we got while away on vacation. I started them very early this year! Bob bought two peanut seeds on a trip back home from Georgia, that was a few years ago. Every year we manage to get maybe 2 or three little peanuts from these plants and keep growing them! 

Crocus

Basement Crocus

At the end of December, I bought some bulbs that were too great a deal to miss. Unfortunately the ground froze for good right after that. So I stuck them in pots on the floor in the basement. Once they started to pop up, they got moved to the basement window. Here are pictures of the Crocus bulbs blooming in our basement. Look at how cheerful it looks in front of the mounds of snow in the backyard!

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Botanicals below Bryant Park

Botanicals below Bryant Park

Bright mandalas made from local flora, A picturesque scene of springtime, Vibrant patterns that catch the eye. Bryant Park is known for it’s beautiful scenery and large selections of flowers used. But all these beautiful Mandalas created by Portia Munson, are not located in Bryant Park. They are located beneath it! Portia began to create the flowered images in 2002, while reminiscing in her garden of her trips in Asia. But how did Portia manage to get every detail perfectly? “To make these mandala images, I use a scanner like a large-format camera,” said Munson. “I lay flowers directly onto it, allowing pollen and other flower stuff to fall onto the glass and become part of the image. When the high-resolution scans are enlarged, amazing details and natural structures emerge. Every flower mandala is unique to a moment in time and represents what is in bloom on the day I made it.” Munson’s work is presented in lightbox panels in the station’s mezzanine and on the windows of a nearby unused space at the 42nd St/6th Avenue street exit. The mandalas are really a thing of beauty, if given the chance everyone should see them! You will not be disappointed!

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Black Plants for October

Once the month of October arrives, it is time to get festive. Cozy Sweaters, Hot Drinks, and Halloween! Carved Pumpkins sitting on the porch, and ghosts hanging in the window. Your yard would be incomplete without a little decoration in the garden also. Here is a list of black plants to give your garden a pop- or lack of a pop of color.

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Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’) – This grass does well when planted in full sun or part shade. It grows roughly a foot tall and wide, and is great for ground coverage.

 

 

 

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Coral bells (Heuchera ‘Obsidian’) – This plant can tolerate full sun and part shade. For the best results plant in a sunny area with some afternoon shade. It grows about 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide.

 

 

 

Orange and black pansies (Viola x wittrockiana)
– This plant does well in full sun to partial shade. It will bloom in the fall and then once again in the spring. It grows to about 6 to 8 inches with about the same size spread.

 

 

 

 

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Black snakeroot (Cimicifuga ramosa ‘James Compton’) -This plant grows best in full sun for the deepest color. It grows to about 3 feet tall with a spread of 2 feet. It’s flowers will bloom in autumn.

 

 

 

aeonium_arboreum_zwartkop_lgBlack rose (Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’) – This plant thrives in full sun to partial shade. It can grow up to 10 inches tall and wide in the shape of a rosette.

 

 

 

 

 

Abrew Street and Brook Avenue Garden

One of the stops on the Project Bloom tour was located at the corner of Abrew Street and Brook Avenue in Bay Shore. The flowers that were planted here were hostas, zinnias, strawflowers and marigolds. All the flowers were bright and looked like they were tended to accordingly. The flowers were planted between the Hostas, so when they were in full bloom they looked as if they were coming from the Hostas themselves! 

 

 

Pronto of Long Island Blooms

Pronto of Long Island is a charitable organization in Brentwood. When we first arrived we thought there was not much to look at except for a little bed along the street. When we took a closer look, we saw that along the wall of the building was another garden. Tall zinnias and sunflowers along the whole side of the building really brightened up that space. So cheerful!

 

May 2014 Blooms

May 2014 Blooms

Early and Mid May in the backyard. Some of the flowers include Our Spring Bed, Bleeding Hearts, Dwarf Hostas, White Lunaria (Silver Dollar Plant) with Epimedium, Basket of Gold, Epimedium Bloom, Sedums, Moss Path with Irish and Scotch Moss and Bridal Wreath Spirea, Cherokee Princess (Dogwood), Hostas with Pulmonaria, Raspberry Epimedium, Creeping Phlox, Thundercloud Plum, Holland Tulips and Phlox, Viburnum, Thyme Path with Grape Hyacinths and Lavender, Standard Lilac, Wind Flower Anemone, Hellebore a Lenten Rose, Spice Bush Viburnum Carlesii, Dwarf Iris, Dianthus with Peanuts in the Vegetable Garden, Lavender and Jingle Shells, Gold Bar Miscantus Grass, Ruby Tears Weeping Cranberry Tree and Silvestri Anemone.

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May 16, 2014

Its mid-May here on Long Island, there are many flowers in bloom in our garden at the moment. They include Sensation lilacs, Primrose lilacs, Giant White lilacs, Josee lilacs, Standard lilacs, Betty Boo, Solomon’s Seal, Lily of Valley, Leatherleaf Viburnum and Sweet Woodruff. All of the lilac smells so wonderful, and the colors are extremely beautiful!  

 

 

April 2014

April 2014

Its time for the flowers to start blooming! Here in our garden, we have many flowers coming up including: Crocus, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Spring Bed, Citrus Swizzle Forsythia, Checkered Frittilaria, Spirea, White Hyacinth, Peony, Eastern Redbud, Purple and White Lunaria, Asparagus, Vinca Vine, Andromeda, Red Oxalis, Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, Way too much Foxglove, Banana Tree, Meyer Lemon, Pineapple and Pear Tree.

 

 

 

9/27/2013

September 27, 2013

Here in our garden, during late September, we have many plants blooming including Mexican Sunflower (tithonia), Watermelon, Peanuts, Japanese Anemones, Thai Dragon Peppers, Cleomes, Cannas, Strawflower, Purple Aster, Blue Mink Ageratum, Porcelain Berry, Beauty Berry, Pineapple (because why not?), Zinnas and Marigolds. Everything is growing so nicely. All the different colors are so pleasing to the eye.

September 13, 2013

Early September brings many flowers into bloom. Some flowers in our yard include Beauty Berry, Ageratum, Turtlehead, Autumn Joy and Dark Red Sedums, Love Lies Bleeding  (Amaranth), Guara, Anemones, Perennial Fuschia, Osteospermum (African Daisies), tuberose and a fun mystery plant from Purple Nancy.

UPDATE: The mystery plant is called Talinum. Thanks to Margie Potash for identifying this plant for me! This particular variety is called: Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’

 

10/30/2013

August 30, 2013

Late August brings bright and beautiful flowers. Some of the flowers in bloom include Hydrangea, Russian Sage, Ruby Glow Sedum, White Rose of Sharon, Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon, Japanese Anemones and Pink Anemones, and also Red Sunflowers. Everything is growing so great, I like that most of the flowers are in shades of pink! 

August 19, 2013

Mid-August brings beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruit. Plants in bloom include Kousa Dogwood, Double Purple Datura, Limelight Hydrangeas, Fuschia, Purple Hyacinth Bean Vine, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Cherry and Grape Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cannas and Gaillardia Razzle Dazzle. Look at this wonderful picture we got of the bee on our flowers as well- such a great moment to capture! 

Hoya Plant

This is our wonderful Hoya plant, also known as “Wax Vine.” After 25 years of blooming, I was finally able to capture the blooming process all in one day. The flowers are a pale pink color that drip a sweet honey-smelling liquid. It is very strong, but it is worth every second. The flowers are so beautiful and its amazing watching them bloom every year. 

August 2, 2013

The beginning of August brings in many plants. Some that are blooming for us including Shrimp Plant, Purple Coneflowers, Rudbeckia, Perennial Fuschia, Limelight Hydrangea (a tree form), Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon, Blueberries, Angel Earrings Fuschia, Dwarf Butterfly Bush, Cleomes, Portulaca, Daisies, Cannas, Geraniums, and Gerber Daisies. All the colors are so bright and beautiful!