...another great name for this post would be Plants That I'm Trying Not To Kill. Because seriously. I'm really bad at keeping plants alive. I don't mean to kill them. It just kind of happens. I even managed to kill succulents (!!). Still, I really want to be good at gardening and maybe this year will be our year. So I thought I'd give you a little tour of our garden and let you in on some of our landscaping plans.
Currently, I have several pots of various herbs and edible items on our deck. I'd like to someday have raised flower beds containing an edible garden. Actually, I have a ton of awesome ideas for landscaping, but we only have the time and money do a little bit each year, so it'll have to be a work in progress until we strike it rich!
This year's herbs include curly parsley, lemon thyme, basil, cilantro (which does not grow well in these parts- but I couldn't resist because I LOVE cilantro!) and chives. I picked up a spicy mescalin mix, arugula and rainbow chard because I love all of those and even grabbed some carrots on a whim. My dear friend Erica, who is a gardening-extraordinaire, and usually provides delicious veggies from her garden), is moving to Austin in a couple weeks. We're really sad about this for a variety of reasons which I won't bore you with. She has passed on one of her strawberry plants to me and the chives are from her as well. I'm going to try extra hard to keep these things alive in her honor.
Last year we planted a slew of Daylilies and and a couple of hydrangea bushed on the east facing side of our home (hydrangeas are my favorite). So far so good on both of those, so we'll see how this year goes.
We also planted some Tickweed and Salvia in our small front garden bed. It seems that one of them has not popped up this year, so we will see if I need to pick up one new on to replace the missing plant.
I normally put annuals into the two posts by my front door, but since I'm so very good at killing them I thought I'd try my hand at some lavender. In the old flower bed, I actually had one lavender plant which I did a decent job of keeping alive. I can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't replant it somewhere else. While I'm not sure if lavender is meant to be in pots, I figure I can bring the plants in during the winter.
While I love the dogwood tree in the front of our home, I am really not a fan of those huge eyesore bushes. Since we're working so hard on the back yard this year, I can't imagine we'll get to those front bushes this year, but in the years to come, I plant to remove those and explore some prettier options to fill that space.
We are officially planning on putting in a simple paver patio and have begun digging up the dirt piles that were left back there when J removed the koi pond last year. We've also begun digging out a flower bed around the deck. I'd like to find some nice perennials and possibly some raspberry bushes to plant around this area. The other side of the house has a few wild trees that we need to remove (we're in the process of pricing out a larger tree removal as well) and a large amount of Black Eyed Susans. I'm considering filling in the rest of the side with Black Eyed Susans since they're so pretty and the upkeep is simple.
Does anyone have any good recommendation of perennials to plant in the boarder around our deck? It gets part sun.