Last year I did quite a big garden project. Painting my own terra cotta pots and attempting to use very bee-friendly flowers while also being realistic about the lack of all day direct-sunlight my home gets.
I planted quite a few varities and they broke down like this:
Nasturtium – A favorite of mine, always grows spectacularly well.
Chives – Hard to germinate easier to just buy as small plant at local grocery store and pot it.
Parsley – Also not easy to germinate as it too needed certain germination conditions but grew well after sprouting.
Morning glory – Vivacious in the new spot I planted it. Also Grandpa Otto variation seemed easier than others.
Sunflower – Wow these Elf ones love containers! But are bloomed out by July.
Portulaca – Usually easy but just won’t grow here.
Lavender – Wow hardest herb everrrrrrr. Ended up buying a plant and potting it.
Baby’s breath – Out of control and not at all as expected but definitely thrived.
Zinnia – Grew well but bloomed out by June.
Cypress vine – Wow this plant won’t grow here for me.
Moonflower – Started off growing strong and fast but took a while to get to climb and blooms were rare.
Four o’ Clock – Grew large with many flowers but flowers would only half open.
This year I planted many of the seeds I collected from last year’s plants. Morning Glory and Elf Sunflower especially. The seeds germinated easily! Money saved! I bought some new nasturtium seeds plus planted some morning glory seeds from my parents’s home. They’re pastel in color. Also got some of the four o’clock seeds from them as well in pink and mixed color.
I bought a lavender plant and potted it plus a small plant of chives, parsley, and mint. Grocery stores tend to sell them for very cheap ($1.20 at times) which is the same price for a pack of seeds without the finicky germination instructions.
I scaled back variety this year and focused on the flowers that looked spectacular last summer.
This year’s garden includes: morning glory, elf sunflower, four o’clock, mint, parsley, chives, and lavender
July Garden Update
My potted plants have been getting bigger every week. Here are just a few of them. The Nasturtium flowers, cherry rose jewel mix, are mostly coral and orange. I’m not too disappointed because the colors have a really nice tropical feel to them and are still different enough from the typical jewel mix. The Baby’s Breath recently grew out of control. I had to snip so many stems off in hopes it would grow a bit less wild. It was hanging all over the other plants.
I also have enough Italian Parsley to cook with for the rest of the summer :O