The ‘Spitfire’ nasturtiums I’m growing as part of the bloggers’ Seed GROW project have really taken off in this container area near my front door. I love nasturtiums for their big showy foliage, but these also have vibrant orange blooms that stand out in my otherwise green, pink, and purple garden.
I planted the Spitfire nasturtiums in three different areas of my garden: the container area, which gets morning sun and is otherwise shady; a little spot near the garage, which gets morning sun but has tough clay soil; and near a pergola in back in a flower bed with rich, black soil.
In terms of bloom and height, the container nasturtiums are way ahead of the rest. They began climbing the simple wire trellis I put in the pot, with just a bit of encouragement from me. (I wound the plant tendrils around a few wires and tied one main stem loosely to the trellis.) The plant now covers much of the trellis and is spilling out of the pot. It has been blooming for a couple of weeks. The orange flowers are bright enough to be seen from the street and are a great illustration of the power of orange.
“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”
I’m still waiting for blooms on the seeds my daughter planted. Your look fantastic! So tall. Mine stand maybe 6″. Sigh hopefully we will get a few blooms. For my kids sake at least.
Monica the Garden Faerie says
Love the contrast of the orange blooms with the blue pot!
Oh, wow. That looks beautiful!
Wow! My nasturtiums want to be like yours when they grow up! 🙂
Colleen Vanderlinden says
Mary, your container ‘Spitfires’ are absolutely gorgeous! I’m envious 🙂
Happy 4th of July!
Diane McCarthy says
Wow, your container nasties are gorgeous! I suspect my plants are getting too much sun; I think that part sun/part shade combo is probably ideal.
Mary Schier says
Thanks, all, for your comments. The nasturtiums do seem to perform much better in partial shade. It may also help that I water and fertilize (fish emulsion) the pots, which I have not had to do with the rest of my garden because we’ve had a lot of rain.
Those are beautiful! I am going to try some fish emulsion on mine…I haven’t fertilized in quite a while, I’ve been so busy. I wonder if mine get too much sun as well. Seeing yours, I have something to aspire to…
Really lovely– this is what I expected them to do, but mine are just not loving where I planted them all.