|Front garden (left)|
This is one of my flower gardens in the front of the house. (There is one on either side of the front door)
The gardens in the front are a mixture of Perennials and Annuals. I love Annuals like Sweet Potato Vines, Asparagus Ferns, Spikes, Snapdragons, Vincas, Alyssum and Coleus. I'm trying to have a good mixture of Perennials that can add savings by not having to buy them every year. The back yard garden I try to keep only Perennials so that one is easier to maintain and grows each year.
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I found this Perennial and lost the tag somewhere. I don't know what it is but it's growing like crazy! I DO wish it could stand up taller but they fold over under the weight. It's a great Perennial and I hope to split and share it this Fall to the back garden.
Snapdragons! This is the best year I have ever had with Snapdragons. Usually they are skinny and don't do too much.
|Large corner pot|
Here is one of the four LARGE pots I plant and station on the four corners of my porch. Sweet potato vines, Pansies, a spike and Alyssum.
|Coleus, Sweet Potato Vine and a Begonia|
This little pot started off with a tiny Coleus (the red leaves) and one Sweet Potato Vine. I love how the Sweet Potato vines cascade over the railing!
|This is the back side of the same plant. I tucked a sweet little Begonia in there.|
This is my pride and joy! I bought a Caladium last summer. It didn't do too much. This year, I noticed the leaves browning and realized it's a SHADE plant. Once I brought this one onto the porch it grew and multiplied like crazy. I love the contrast of the red and green!
For the first time I tried Elephant Ears. These took so long to sprout I thought surely they were duds. Then about 4 weeks after I had planted them, leaves came up. After that it was a few short weeks to this.
I watched a YouTube video about how to winter them (cut off all leaves and stems, trim down to the bulb and store in basement or garage. Then, replant in the Spring) I intend to winter them AND buy even bigger versions next summer!
This is from a Zinnia seed! I randomly put some seeds around the garden to see what would happen. This came up and I wasn't even sure what it was. Then KABOOM this amazing, vibrant flower appeeard. Imagine my glee to discover a Zinnia!
|Large pot in back, Begonias and one Hosta|
I tucked a red Begonia paired with an Asparagus Fern next to a Hosta on the porch. They get enough shade to flourish and I love to look at them while sitting on the porch.
|Lazy Summer afternoon|
Coco enjoys a beautiful summer day.
My porch. It gives me great happiness to sit here and look at all the beautiful plants that I have planted, watered and nurtured!