My gardens are mainly of the mix and match variety. I have always wanted to try a formal layout in a bed but so far most of my gardens have a cottage garden look. This is perhaps because I am not a very ruthless gardener. I like the surprises I receive when I decide to let a few volunteers grow where they may.
This shot is not very clear, but it shows my volunteer pumpkin vine growing up a tripod support made of branches. That vine grew the absolute greatest pie pumpkins I've ever tasted and all I had to do was just not pull it out of the flowers!
I renovated this bed teo years ago. In it I have planted~
A few different Phlox, can't think of their names right now.
Lambsears, which I adore!
Pansies- this was first year they bloomed all summer for me
Siberian Iris- Caesar's Brother
A few roses
Annual Salvia- Victoria Blue, have to have it every year.
Oriental Poppies - An orange variety
Annual California Poppies
Cosmos- Different varieties
Zinnias- Standard mixed and Cactus varieties
and whatever else doesn't have a home when the seedlings need to be planted! LOL
Oh, and some type of orange Lily
The focal point of this garden is the Cardoon in the planter. Last year was the first time I had tried this wonderful plant. We had the coolest July on record last year so this fellow did not get as big as I would have liked, but it was still very nice to look at and had 2 or 3 blooms.
Last year it was pretty yellow flowered Okra for me. I too had kicked around the idea of trying Artichoke but I think I would have had to start it very early as I believe it is a long season plant. It should do great for you, however. Give it a go, just give it some room, I think it gets pretty big.
I actually smother mine with horse hay or straw cut up with the push mower. Looks awful for a couple of weeks, but it turns dirt colored and blends in pretty nicely. Inexpensive, and I already have it handy. I don't spend much time weeding anymore, and I am grateful for it! I am a very firm believer in never having bear soil showing. Bare soil means thousands of weeds. You never have a chance to sit and enjoy the garden that way.
You've hit my passionate button with that one! Yes, feed the critters of the soil, from microbes to earthworms and refrain from harming our other helpers as well. Bees, butterflies, birds, toads etc. help us with a great deal of our garden "chores" if we allow them to.
Love your gardens Chelle & your plant lists too. My artichokes have come up already. I had one two year old plant last year that gave several small artichokes. Yummy & soft like butter. I did let the last ones go to flower for the butterflies & bees.
DH was out in the GH this morning. Guess what he said? Soo..... you're not planning on growing squash and tomatoes in there this year? (Hint) (Hint). How about artichokes? We LOVE artichokes, even young son loves 'em. Might just give it a whirl and see what happens.
I had cardoon last year for the first time. The bees and butterflies loved it too. Going to try some from seed this year. (fingers crossed)
Thanks for strolling through the garden. I'm glad you're here!
We had such good fortune with the GH this winter. I'm pretty sure that all the tropicals will make it for another seasons beauty. That's one of the reasons I hadn't tried chokes yet, had to see what could be accomplished before I had a two year to fruit type plant.
If you find it, it would help me know which to get.