How is everyone’s week going? It is the first official week of summer here for us. My kid’s are home all day, everyday, all week, and it is so
exhausting fun! I am enjoying having them home, but there is no more nap times for my crew of littles. Getting things done here, at home, laundry, going to the bathroom, it is all becoming difficult to do. But, I did get a major eye sore in our front yard handled.
As Nora is displaying in a great way, we do not like this middle planter. Two thumbs wayyyy down! I do not know what happened, spring came and the grass decided to smother anything and everything in this planter. Our neighbor’s home value’s went down, we got some side eyes from the passing people, we brought the whole street down with this over grown planter. One ugly planter and there goes the neighborhood. Trying to not have a strongly worded note be put in our mailbox, we got to work beautifying it.
I headed to a local nursery. There was so many green houses, bursting with flowers! I decided I need a few acres of land, all of which needs to be landscaped. I wanted more than I had room to put. Or money to buy. The struggle is real.
I spaced out the plants, while still in their container’s in the planter. Trying to keep it symmetric, visually appealing, and even. There is varying heights for these plants. I will explain the how’s and why’s of choosing these plants more in a little bit. It involved paying attention to growth heights of each plant. Also the fact that they will survive the arctic blast that is every year here in Wisconsin during winter. It is slim pickings for long term plants.
These are called Dianthus, they will grow to be 18-24” and can handle temperatures to get down to -30 degrees. As of right now, on this warm and beautiful June day I am in denial that it gets that cold here. Unfortunately, it is the cold, hard truth of living all the way up here in Wisconsin.
This is a dwarf daisy plant. It will get up to 16” full grown and will spread out some. With the large center plants there I needed something just as substantial in the middle. This should do the trick. I guess these plants are hardy and sturdy for harsh winds and weather. Again, something we need here.
There is where me having it together falls apart. I do not have the little information thing that came with this plant. It is a no flowering plant that will grow out more than up. My secret is out, I am using my cheat sheet and not my non-existent knowledge of plants to tell you about these plants.
I call these the purple ladies, their “given” name is balloon flower. They can get up to 24” tall and about 12” wide. So this is going to fill up this space. Being located where these two are helps with my plan of fanning out from center to side with big to small.
This is a no flowering plant, which I do not have the cheat sheet of. It will get big-ish and be a good round shape. I tried to mix flowering and none flowering to make it all appealing.
All of these flowers are full sun. When I was taking these pictures, it literally hurt my eyes because it was smack dab in the middle of the day. I also had to go in and turn down some of the brightness of these in photo editing. Seriously, the sun was too sunny. My pictures looked fake. How is that for random?
Do you enjoy gardening, going broke for the sake of flowers?