A couple days ago, after trips to various nurseries, I finished filling the flower pots. I set them out on my patios. I have three patios... one behind the dining room, another behind my bedroom, and a third out back by the storage garage. I have several dozen flower pots.
Here is a picture of the back patio.
There is a wide variety of flowers... petunias, snapdragons, miniature dahlias, verbena, lantana and others. There are also a couple tropical foliage plants... an elephant ear and a caladium. In the center is a large plant, almost like a small tree. It is something I found at the nursery, and which I have never had before... an oleander. A couple years ago when I was in Valencia, Spain, I saw a lot of oleanders. They grow as huge perennials in that climate. They were gorgeous, and when I saw one at a local garden center, I decided to give it a try.
This oleander has pink flowers. The plant has loads of buds, so it should be quite spectacular when it is in full bloom. Come autumn, I am going to bring it inside, and see how well it does as a house plant.
Speaking of house plants, I also take out some of my indoor plants during the summer. So far the only one that is out on the patio is this rubber tree plant.
I have had this plant for many years, and it has grown into a monster. (Of course, it is not as big as the ones I see in Mexico City, where they literally grow into trees.) It began as a small plant, but now, in its pot, it stands over five feet tall. It always seems to enjoy being outdoors in a fairly shady corner of the back patio. It sprouts new leaves, and adds another couple inches each summer. It is no longer possible to carry it out. I can't even haul it on a dolly. I literally have to drag it across the back yard.