Yes you can create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk even though summer is almost over. Most annuals are either too leggy or burned, especially considering the heat wave this summer. But two plants in the South are still thriving during the hottest part of our Summer heat in August and September.
I know everyone has Fall on the brain, and you’re probably thinking…it’s a bit late to be talking about plants and the growing season. But I wanted to show you how to create late summer color with hardy plants and cool yard sale junk. These will grow anywhere and enhance your yard.
Sedum Acre and Portaluca are two favorites that consistently produce even during periods of drought, heat, rain, or late season.
Sedum Acre is a hardy trailing succulent I planted 20 years ago and never dies. Little yellow flowers emerge in Spring.
The other is Portaluca which I love because it’s pretty and an easy dependable bloomer.
Short plant at about 5-6″
Looks great in containers
Blooms yellow, pink, or red
Aren’t perennials, but do return if cold isn’t severe
Plant it and forget it
Sedum Acre Pluses:
Looks good in containers
Easy to grow
Easy to thin out
Easy to transplant
Grows in the South all year round
Trails beautifully, but when it starts browning, just grab handfuls and toss. You don’t even have to use clippers.
I often just throw it on top of the ground and it takes root.
Plant it and forget it
Below are the vignettes I created out of yard sale and thrift store finds. You will see a liberal planting of Portaluca and Sedum Acre.
The cherub in top photo was a tired splotchy green and given new life with white paint.
All the pieces in the above photo are yard sale finds:
Even the silver pot and the other large pot to the right were curbside finds.
I absolutely love the 2 pottery vases with faces! Yard sale finds!
Chippy table…yard sale find
Enamel teapot holding Portaluca…my attic.
The dark green picture is tin. I found it in a yard sale recently. It makes a great backdrop!
Wooden cabinet door backdrop was a yard sale find where I experimented with crackle finish.
Do you see the small white tiered cups below? You are looking at a repurposed Wilton cupcake holder. I don’t use cupcake holders, and I rarely make cupcakes. In fact, I hate to cook so I don’t know why I bought it in the first place, but it was cheap. I was about to put it in my next yard sale, when I hit upon the idea of turning it into a planter. Yes, unfortunately, it looks a little scraggly!
I hate to admit it, but this was sort of a fail, even though we tenderly nursed it along. Check out this wonderful repurpose of a Wilton cupcake holder with succulents by Cassidy Tuttle, where I got the idea. Hers looks sooo much better! http://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/succulents-in-a-cupcake-stand/
Check out her blog too for more tips on growing succulents. http://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/
Next time I will try this!
Portaluca in an old galvanized watering can and a vintage enamel chamber pot~both yard sale finds~
See how Sedum Acre trails? Planted in an open metal basket (curbside find) that doesn’t hold water well, yet the sedum is very healthy.
A mix of Sedum Acre, Red Petunias and Yellow Portaluca
Do these grow in your area? Do they go by other names?
Let me know in the comments!