Friday, April 20, 2012

Botanical Bonanza

Our Huntsville Botanical Gardens has a huge annual plant sale every spring. As members, we get to attend the very first day, which is not open to the general public. I finished my volunteer work with the Master Gardeners and picked up Jeff, who played a little hooky from work for a few hours so we could romp over to the gardens and peruse the perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, and other goodies together.

I already have more plants than I can get in the ground, but I have been needing some annuals for the walkway flowerbeds. I haven't amended the soil, built up the beds, or installed any edging yet, but hopefully we will get to that soon. I say hopefully, since we went ahead and purchased a few flats of verbena! The price was too good to resist, and it's exactly what I've been planning for. Their lantana was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I think I'll be able to find it reasonably priced elsewhere. Those two bloomers, combined with the free variegated liriope we dug a few weeks ago and the purple heart I plan to propagate, will form the main players. I'd love to work in some golden shrimp plant and angelonia, but I don't want to go too crazy!

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  1. love the verbena! We've planted some in our window boxes and around the mailbox (they're nice crawlers). There's also a perennial verbena out there...

  2. I did consider the perennial version (Homestead Purple), but it's more expensive and I haven't determined if I want to switch out the plants seasonally or not. I will have several other perennials in that bed, so some "disposable" cheap annuals may be just the thing. Or I may get tired of digging up and replanting every six months and invest in the more permanent planting!