Ever-Blooming Flower Beds

by Daisy

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I have developed my own formula for year-round flower bed gorgeousness.

1. Bedding plants up front.
LOTS. You can buy them(expensive) or start them indoors from seed, but two shifts of annual bedding plants are the cornerstone of a ‘showy from outer space’ flower bed. I like pansies blooming from October to May and I have a huge pile of marigolds in newspaper seed packs–just germinating, ready to bloom me out from the end of May through October. They take a little dead heading from time to time, but it’s worth it.

2. Evergreens in the middle
Mostly for winter. Just a few. I use oregano, sage, rosemary, baby holly hocks, my climbing rose, and a wax leaf viburnum. With the pansies and my crisscross lattice, they aren’t really necessary, but they still help out in January.

3. Spring bulbs in the middle
Alternate them with the evergreens. Just a few. Daffodils, tulips, whatever I find at Wally World.

4. Something spectacular in the back for summer.
My hollyhocks are the envy of the neighborhood come June. They grow seven feet high and bloom like a fireworks show. There’s nothing like an explosion of flowers to make smile when you pull in the driveway.


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Kat July 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

Your last link that should be to the hollyhocks goes tofrench marigolds…which I love by the way and are excellent for planting with tomatoes…but I digress….can you tell me the brand of hollyhocks you buy on the cheap or the correct link please? I love your site…we have just bought a house and your ideas and suggestions have I spired me on my front flower beds…thank you for all the great ideas!

Ivory Soap July 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

Oh, I gave up on ordering things special ages ago. The seed packets from the store are just fine and super cheap.

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