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Surinder’s Outdoor Garden – FineGardening

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We recently visited Surinder Chadha’s beautiful houseplant collection in northern New Jersey, and today Surinder shares his outdoor gardening work starting this summer.

Surinder says the local deer population is widespread. To avoid having everything eaten, he works on the raised deck in front of his house, to which the deer have no access.

Pots of flowers fill every room, both on the deck and on the railing. If you are limiting yourself to gardening in a small space, pots of annuals are a good choice as they will give you large amounts of flowers and colors during the warmer part of the year.

Pots of colorful flowers on a deckTrees create a beautiful green backdrop for the colorful flower pots.

Pots of colorful flowers on a deckI wonder how much time Surinder spends watering to make all of these pots look so lush and perfect.

Pots of colorful flowers on a deckAnnual planters can be a mix of different varieties, as seen in the bottom pots, or just one per pot to really show off the beauty of each plant.

Coleus in a containerA towering variegated lip (Solenostemon scutellarioides, annual) grows on the deck, while shorter varieties sit on the railing of the deck.

Impatiens walleriana in flower in a planterClassical Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, annual) are struggling with a new disease in many gardens called Impatiens downy mildew. However, if they are healthy and happy, they can only beat a few shade plants for pure flower production.

Pots of colorful flowers on a deckEven this narrow deck space is lined with plants: cheerful yellow marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) and begonias made of red and white wax (Begonia semperflorens, annual).

Flowering plants around the front stairs of a house.Not all flowers are restricted to the deck. Here at the front steps, magenta and white vinca (Catharanthus roseus, annual) bloom in large numbers and reflect the color of the crepe myrtle (lagerstroemia) blooming behind.

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