Create Late Summer Color with Hardy Plants in Cool Yard Sale Junk

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.

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk

 

The other is Portaluca which I love because it’s pretty and an easy dependable bloomer.

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Potted Portaluca

 

 

Portaluca Pluses:

 

Drought-tolerant

Heat-tolerant

Rain-tolerant

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

Drought-tolerant

Rain-tolerant

Heat-tolerant

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

 

Untitled design (2)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.

 

Create late summer color with hardy plants in yard sale junk
Cherub with new life

The cherub in top photo was a tired splotchy green and given new life with white paint.

 create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk

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!

 

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Wilton Cupcake holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

 

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Repurposed Wilton Cupcake holder

 

Next time I will try this!

 

Portaluca in an old galvanized watering can and a vintage enamel chamber pot~both yard sale finds~

 

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
More Portaluca
create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Portaluca in old chamber pot

 

 

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.

 

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Trailing Sedum Acre

 

 

A mix of Sedum Acre, Red Petunias and Yellow Portaluca

 

create late summer color with hardy plants in cool yard sale junk
Petunia, Portaluca, Sedum Acre

 

 

Do these grow in your area? Do they go by other names?

Let me know in the comments!

 

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12 comments on Create Late Summer Color with Hardy Plants in Cool Yard Sale Junk

  1. I am not ready for fall at all, so I was thrilled to read this! I was just thinking today that I needed to find a way to keep my garden looking fresh for the rest of the summer. Fun ideas!!

  2. I’m not quite ready for fall but even in Florida I can tell it’s coming. Fortunately for me I can use all of these ideas year round. The summer heat is so hard on some annuals so when I do errands today I will look for your suggestions or something similar.

  3. Love how the cherub looks now! And all the plantings look so nice. Up until a couple of weeks ago, Ricky, the gardener in the family, was still saying he was going to plant some seeds. (His favorites that grow through anything are zinnias, marigolds and purslane.) As you well know, we’re lucky here in Alabama that our growing season is so long. But I think he finally abandoned the idea. It *is* getting a bit late, after all. Maybe he’ll plant some fall flowers instead.

  4. Florence your garden is so much more than just a garden. All these amazing finds have been incorporated with the plants beautifully. You are truly the garden master.

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