Pollinator Pots

West Hartford Center Planter

No, I don’t plant anything like this on such a grand scale! This is probably 5 foot across or more!

This is one of the planters in West Hartford Center! I’m not sure if they realized they were planting pollinator pots–I’m sure they just wanted hardy plants that would survive sun and shade and with very little supplemental watering. The hole in the center actually held a rose–the one on the opposite corner–the east corner–still has its rose. This pot is on the west corner where it gets more sun.

But all things considered, these plants–wave petunias in purple and some variety of coral bells–look great. The leaves of the coral bells, which can so easily fry if they get too much sun and too little water–are not fried so either they have been tended or someone is clipping off burned leaves.

And the coral bells (heuchera) are blooming nicely with those spikes of tiny flowers that the pollinators and even hummingbirds love. You can just see the pale pinkish white flowers in the upper right of my photo.

So all in all, this is a very successful combination, even though it’s missing its rose!

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