The best looking thing in my yard right now is these Petunias alongside my Black-eyed Susan. The petunias are my daughter's. Does she have a green thumb or what! A gift from my mom to her, she has helped me take great care of them. A little Ortho flower food doesn't hurt either.
This flower bed where they grow is slowing coming together, and of course, there is a design story behind it :) Here is a picture I shared awhile ago. The first step was digging it out.
Here it is now
The design idea was inspired by a Better Homes and Gardens layout. They featured a Michigan garden and I got a lot of ideas from it. I tore out the page and saved it :)
The goal in this design is low maintenance gorgeous. Using plants native to the area making them easy to grow and hardy. Featured in their article was, Purple Coneflower, Limelight hydrangea, Black-eyed Susan, Phlox, Coreopsis, and a few others. Well as you can see mine is slowly coming along. I've put in the Black-eyed Susan's and have the petunias on the outer edge as an annual that changes every year as they suggest doing. Next step for me will be to move the Daylilies I have growing. These were here when we bought the house and I am not a fan of myself for moving them to this spot, I don't hate them, but next to my house I really want something else. (I've decided . . . trial and error)
They grow very well in this area, so, are therefore used a lot! Everywhere! I was so excited that in this Better Homes and Gardens article there was no Lilies! So I have to get them out to make room for the two other suggestions I really liked from BHG. Limelight Hydrangeas, and Miscanthus ornamental grass.
My husband loves ornamental grasses. Those are his pick. He is a Landscaper, so of course, he has had a hand in this design too. The rubber edging he got to edge this bed. He also has plans to get cedar mulch and rocks to use. Just imagine with us!
Those lilies I will move to our backyard property line. I think Lilies make a great hedge type thing along a fence. I thought about moving them to my wild ditch. I was reminded by a friend though, that could wipe out my milkweed plants (butterfly habitat). Lilies tend to take over and multiply. Speaking of . . . my kids were so excited to show me a Monarch they found.
My son was a little rough with him. I hope he recovers :/
We put him back on some Purple Asters. So pretty and all over our ditch right now.
We haven't seen as many this year as past years. Maybe all the flooding we had this spring had something to do it. Just a guess . . .
Remember at my store are Nature ColorIng Pages! Coloring pages I designed inspired from our yard/ditch. Great for teaching kids about nature. Find them here: www.mkt.com/haley-jula