I cleaned out the dead plants a couple of weeks ago, and I had planned to wait a few weeks before planting anything. But, of course, I couldn't wait.
I was driving by Lowe's the other day and saw that they had ferns for sale for $7.50 each! What a deal! We had decided that we were going to plant A LOT of ferns this year, so I couldn't pass that up. I bought EIGHT! And I was going to put in petunias in the rest of the pots because I know they'll last all summer, but again, I was going to wait for a sale. Well, I got a coupon for the nursery down the street, so I didn't wait on those either.
Once you get started, it's hard to stop. So, I also bought some zinnias, portulaca, and blue daze (evolvulus), and lantana. I planted these in the beds and a couple of the extra pots, too. (Blue and orange/yellow flowers in the beds and pinks in the pots - that was my plan.)
They all look kind of pitiful and small right now, but by Memorial Day it will be fabulous. And I picked all of these plants because they are all full sun (like my backyard) and they will bloom until the first freeze.
I haven't done one single thing to this bed...
It needs mulch, but that's my japanese maple (IT'S NOT DEAD, CHICKEN LITTLE!), and those bushy things are the hydrangeas - my absolute FAVORITE!
Oh, and in the front, I bought a few periwinkles and planted them in the pots by the front door. I've never grown them before, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they survive. That's about all we do in the front - I've got lots of mums out there that are green all summer and then bloom in the fall so it's pretty low maintenance.
On the upside, I could get away with buying little plants because they have all season to grow. I spent about $180 for everything. Believe me, that is CHEAP!
Also, I'm almost finished with all the planting I'll have to do this summer...except for those three big empty pots (I'm sure you noticed them). As soon as the hibiscus go on sale (no really, I have to wait!), those won't be empty any more. (Wouldn't it be awesome if I could figure out how to get three hibiscus for $20 or less?! I'd love to stay close to $200 total.)
I LOVE it! Gosh, just a few plants makes a HUGE difference - it really looks like spring/summer at my house. YEA!