A Welcoming Sight

The 2009 growing year started with a little uncertainty. With the economy on shaky legs, I wasn’t sure just how much money I should be pouring into the garden, especially on containers since they are usually filled with “disposable” annuals. So, I decided to put the emphasis on our front porch containers — a sight I see on my way to work in the morning and when I arrive home in the evening.

The kid and I went shopping to buy plants to fill the seven containers (four large, three small) that frame our entryway and garage. We came in at a little under $150 for the plants, which included:

  • Schizanthus ‘Treasure Trove Deep Rose Bicolor’
  • Pennisetum setaceum ‘Graceful Grasses Rubrum’
  • Argyrantheum frutescens ‘Butterfly’
  • Hosta ‘Fanfare’
  • Sweet Potato ‘Blackie’
  • Hedera helix ‘Golden Ingot’
  • Ranunculus (Vigoro Red)
  • Bush hibiscus
  • Assorted petunias, geranium and pansies

One of the best parts was the kid getting really involved in where the plants would go in the containers, and helping to actually plant them. A real bonding moment for us “making pretty things for mom.”

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