Came here to talk plants
Hi Anj, thought I'd better come over here since I wanted to talk more about plants. I'm sure no plant or gardening expert. I've just learned what works for me by trial and error.
Sometimes if a plant is not doing good, I will dig it up and try another location. Then again, I once had a gorgeous four foot high Mallow plant that had the prettiest dainty pink blooms all over it--then it just started looking like it was drying up. It was planted where the automatic sprinklers watered it, and it got fed Miracle grow just like all the rest. Not sure what happened to it. I just bought a new one this week. Will be awhile before it gets as big as the other one!
Another favorite of mine is Blue Plumbago. Not sure whether it is a bush or a vine--maybe a combination of the two. It grows like crazy and spreads. I started with one small potted one and it spread to about a three foot base when I had it in my front planter. It gets covered with clusters of pretty blue flowers in the late summer that lasts into the winter. Mine was getting so big for the planter, so I transplanted it to a corner in the back yard. It got frozen by our unusual weather this year and was all brown. I trimmed it way back and waited. Sure enough, it has regrown and is looking nice and full again. Can't wait for it to bloom. A friend tells me she has it on a slope and doesn't water it or anything and it is spreading and thriving, so I guess it is pretty hardy.
Both the fushia and the plumbago are very low maintenance once they get established good.
My other favorite is just geraniums. They come in so many varieties, even scented, and have gorgeous blooms. I do think they need more maintenance like trimming off the dead leaves and blooms occasionally. I love the vining type. Put a couple of small ones in the side yard and they are spreading like a blanket full of blooms.
I also have lots of roses. I love them in all colors, but they are NOT low maintenance. Need lots of water, lots of trimming, and lots of feeding. There are probably some that do well without too much care--but I haven't found them yet! LOL
I'd like to find a place for some honeysuckle or jasmine vines. Just because I love the smell or them. And I also really like some of the bushes because they provide good background color for the blooming flowers, and nice filler for my flower arrangements. Plus they only need a good trimming once or twice a year!
What are your favorites? Got any good suggestions?
I'm really trying to plant perrinials (sp) more so I don't have to keep replanting all the time. But I do buy things like petunias, dahalias, impatiens and vincas sometimes. Actually, the vincas have kept coming back year after year for me. Even after the freeze, they are growing back but not as pretty as before. I just planted some new ones in with them. Didn't have the heart to pull them out after they were struggling so hard to come back from getting frozen! LOL
Gotta have flowers, just love them. Besides, they make my painted garden signs look good. ;o)