Mr. D and I are really lazy gardeners. At one time we would work really hard to plant annuals and perennials in the yard but we have simplified our lives a little. I have gone to container gardening and this year I have even simplified that a little. A couple of years ago we visited a winery and they had groupings of smaller pots with one individual plant in each pot. When I visited the local garden shop for my plants, I decided to try that this year. Here is a picture of my petunias and I always enjoy having them in my yard every summer.
The basket of begonias below is on the table in our sun porch. I haven’t bought begonias in years but these really appealed to me this year.
Another thing we have really started to enjoy is flowering shrubs. We have a row of Rose of Sharon that borders one side of our house. They give color and is very low maintenance. Here is a picture of my rhododendron and I know it is very small but it was blocked by an overgrown bush and this year it is getting sun. I am so pleased with the color and look forward to it finally growing in my front yard flower bed.
In the fall we started working on a project to redo the main flower bed in our front yard. When we moved into the house there were four large overgrown holly bushes there and some type of scraggly plant in front of them. No matter what we did, it just did not look good. During the fall we removed the large holly bushes and planted some new shrubs. The bushes in the back are Daruma Loropetalum and grow very slowly. The coral colored plants are drift roses.
I especially love my bird house and that was a Christmas gift from Mr. D this year. The bird bath has been a fixture for a very long time. Here is how the front of the house looked before. Even though it will take some time for these shrubs to fill in, we are very pleased with the new look of this flower bed.
I love how pretty a Southern yard can look in May and June. It seems as if the flowers just pop. Below are some more pictures that I wanted to share.
The weather here has been extremely warm lately and I haven’t had any desire to work outside. I love summertime but it is a learning experience to understand which plants thrive in our Southern humid Summers. Thanks for stopping by.