How was your July 4th? I hope you had a great day (and/or long weekend)!
Total subject change, and in reference to our yard, we have several volunteers growing in random places these days. Is that happening in your yard, too?
As I began counting all the hardy bloomers that reoccur each year in my yard (and with very little effort on my part), I thought I’d share my top picks. Some of these you saw last week (WBW #57) and some you’ll see this week.
Here’s my list, pretty much top to bottom in the image above:
Sweet Potato Vine
Rose of Sharon
And, I could add more to this list. There are just so many!
Not so random are the cockscomb that seeded naturally from last year’s crop. They are taking over everywhere, and I’ve pulled sprigs to keep the pathway clear.
Remember these huge blooms from last year? They’ll be back soon!
While thinning some young cockscomb from the iris bed, I discovered these black-eyed susans growing randomly among them.
Such happy looking flowers.
I didn’t cast Cleome seeds this spring, but I spy a few popping up here and there.
It’s beside the chocolate mint that’s also growing randomly all around the house.
Catching the scent in the breeze is heavenly!
I highly recommend perennials and natural re-bloomers, like these red knock-out roses that survive no matter what – drought, rain, blazing heat, or cloud-covered skies.
The bordering cast iron plants at the back edge of the bed from this view point look rough after the move last fall. They take a while to get their lush, green coloring again after a move. Cast iron is a good staple to have in your garden. They grow, multiply, and fill in without any attention whatsoever. A perfect plant for me!
The dogs follow me around but are sure to grab a patch of shade for a rest. Sir Winston looks like he’s posing for a picture. Dorothy is just, well, Dorothy. Ready for play time. Any time. Every time.
Someday, ID Diva or I should write a children’s book called The Adventures of Dorothy and Winston. Those two are a mess – so adventurous!
Each afternoon, they come back from their daily treck, covered in cocco-burroughs, mud, and ticks! Even with tick treatments, the ticks visibly crawl around before they die. But if we see one, HH gets them off of them immediately. We have quite a collection of dead ticks in a tiny cup of alcohol. It’s quite the decorating accessory in my windowsill. Blah!
Yarrow and elephant ears fill this space each year. No need to plant bushes in that spot! So much for my original plan…
This pot of sweet potato vine and grassy sprig survive the winters and then come back strong for spring, summer, and fall. With the little attention I give them, they must be hardy plants. Survival of the fittest!
I’ve transformed my pots, yard plantings, and bush beds to mostly perennials and seedlings. They really do bring joy each year with little work and effort on my part. Score!
Even this lambs ear against French tarragon remains effortless. The scent of tarragon is intoxicating!
I share these plantings with you today to show how to have lots of blooms around your yard with very little effort after planting. Just add a few every year in the early years, and enjoy them forever.
What perennials are you enjoying in your yard?
I’m sharing at Everyday Living’s Gardens Galore No. 3!