Winter weather is coming to an end in my neck of the Midwest, and as I pass through the front garden with a bit of a sigh, I see the neglect of winter along with the promise of spring. My plan this year is to do color gardening with mostly mostly purples and whites. I plant 95% heirloom plant seeds, which some people call wildflowers. This gardening means the world to me.
Let me explain. I like to pour my worries and cares into gardening. There is nothing like taking past negativity, a hi-strung nature, or even anger -- all things that darken the soul -- and harnessing them into a beautiful yard full of flowers -- new life. Along the way I help the bees and hummingbirds with mostly heirloom/wild plants to feed from. I spend up to two hours each morning tending to my garden. In the spring and summer it is my main hobby. Purples have a really calming effect for me, and so I'd like to have a sea of it in my garden this year.
These are the plants for the front garden I bought seeds for, which I will sow within the month. The only plants I grow that are not seeds are evergreens. I don't feel like spending the money on those anymore. I hope you like these affordable flowers I intend to sow, which I purchase mostly in bulk:
Purple Prince Zinnia:
Grandpa Ott Morning Glory:
This mostly lavender flower reaches only about 6 inches high, so I plan to plant it around my young weeping cherry tree. I think it's quite lovely.
Tall White Sweet Alyssum:
I grew this flower last year. It is highly satisfying because it blooms from spring until frost, and most of the flowers even survive below 32 degrees for a while. It is also highly tolerant of a variety of soil types including clay. Yayyy. The plant grows to about 12 inches tall. Although it is most common to use it as a border flower, you could literally full a whole garden with nothing but this flower. The seeds are cheap too when you buy them in bulk.
This flower is not only pretty but it is entirely edible. This is a mallow plant, which is related to the okra family. Just how okra has a gummy texture which is utilized in cooking, you take take the leaves of this mauritiana mallow plant and throw it in your soups and stews to get some good gummy thickening.
Call me crazy but you know how I love the idea of having total privacy around the house. These grassy monsters grow up to 9 ft. high. This seed is not an heirloom plant, but it is one of the largest privacy plants you can grow cheaply from seed within a few years.
Well, I hope you like these plants I am going to grow. I have my work cut out for me. I will be writing a post about the food I will be growing this year in the backyard. I might even stick a few edibles in the front yard to grow. People should really feel free to grow food in their front yards, but somehow it's been ingrained in us that people don't do that.