Things I Wouldn’t Do in My Garden Again:
Number Two: I wouldn’t plant free plants from my friends until I knew whether they were naughty or nice.
Soon after we moved here, I met a new friend who was really into gardening and who loves to share. She gave me hostas, plantain, sedum, naughty, naughty phlox and lilies (see my previous post). I bought packets of seeds and at the end of the season, I purchased half dead plants I was sure only needed a loving home to survive.
I should have learned about the differing needs of each plant and what it would bring to my garden. Naughty phlox, for example, is beautiful. The plant itself stays healthy looking throughout the summer and the lovely lavender blooms add a nice backdrop for a garden. Well, a garden planned for flowers to just drop seeds and bloom wherever, that is! The garden I am planning for next year will be perfect for naughty phlox. It’s going to be a wildflower garden full of phlox, coneflower, milkweed and other lovelies; the garden will have no rhyme or reason, which is perfect for these kinds of plants. The good news for next year is that I still have Naughty Phlox and Milkweed that are still popping up all over my garden; I’ll be able to dig up and transplant to the new garden.
I mean, who doesn’t love a dwarf Burgundy striped sunflower? Or a morning glory vine that twines in and out of the trellis all around your new deck? Or lemon balm and mint? I certainly did the first year! In subsequent years, though, I rued the day I planted them.
Did you know that those unique sunflowers drop seeds? AND did you know those seeds will only produce the unique sunflowers for a year or two? After that, the seeds will produce normal sunflowers that are like having trees in your garden. Which if you’re into that sort of thing, it would be cool, but in the front yard of my very undone house, it looked junky.
Now, instead of planting everything I can get my hands on…… Wait. I still do that. I haven’t really learned my lesson yet. I still plant about anything I can get my hands on (except for Naughty Phlox), I do try, though to learn about the plants ahead of time and put them in places where they can thrive and beautiful but not invasive.
Don’t think that’s important? Ask a farmer about the value of a morning glory vine! I bet you’ll even learn a few choice words, depending on the farmer.