When we moved into our home 8 years ago, I inherited some rose bushes, daylilies, big pink peonies, and a mess of evergreen bushes. These days, the evergreen bushes are almost completely gone but the other plants remain.
My garden can be described in essentially three sections: the front flower beds that I am slowly trying to turn into lovely perennial beds that bloom all summer long, the shady back beds with hostas and grasses, and the vegetable gardens and container herbs/vegetables. I also am working on a wildflower area and some butterfly and bee friendly sections.
In the front beds, spring greets us early with daffodils, daylily foliage, and the delightful smell of lilacs cut and rooted from my dad’s garden before he moved. Soon, the peonies explode with delightful color and smell, and my dianthus, mums, daisy, foxglove, balloon flower, and others will begin to appear, as well as various hydrangeas I have received from other people’s gardens and for Mothers Day. I always enjoy planting some annual flowers as well – petunias, peonies, and various tropicals such as the Mandevilla and Hyacinth.
In my garden beds in the back, I have planted lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, green beans, zucchini, cantaloupe, carrots, and tomatoes. In pots I have jalapeños, eggplant, cucumber, as well as lemon balm, lavender, parsley, basil, cilantro, dill, and oregano. I also planted some pots with marigolds, petunias, geraniums, Gerbera daisies, vincas, and ivy. Some of the more fragrant plants will hopefully serve the dual purpose of keeping pests at bay as well as providing beauty for my garden. I always plant some sunflowers from seed around the back yard because they are beautiful and the birds and bees and butterflies all enjoy them. Sunflowers are ridiculously easy to grow from seed. Finally, I have a large and prolific raspberry bush anchoring the garden area. Once it starts to ripen, I can pick a bowl of raspberries a day.
Now that it’s late May, I am beginning to enjoy the fruits of my garden already. Enjoy coming on the garden journey with me!