Er, something like that anyway. Since I’m all about being a bit thrifty, I’ve been slow to get my front landscape beds finished. I wanted more dirt and then would cover the area in newspaper for a weed barrier, and then plant a host of other plants I want to get from Bluestone Perennials.
But, my thriftiness has come at a cost. Since it’s taking so long, the front beds keep sprouting weeds and grass galore! A couple of days ago, I started working on digging out the junk again and finally realized that I should probably just throw SOMETHING in the beds to at least take up some space to prevent the weeds from going hog wild in there. So, I called up a friend and we made a trip to Lowes to see what kind of plants they had on clearance.
I scored a bunch of Vinca, some pink Thyme, a significant amount of Salvia, and a couple of Zinnias. I figured I could pair all these with the two purple Coleus plants and another Salvia I got from the Spring plant swap and at least add some color to the bed.
That was just a small sampling of the plants I’d be working with for the area. I managed to get the plants for under $12 so I feel really good about the cost part of the endeavor, since I’m not exactly confident my thumb is green 😉 And these are special needs plants seeing as how they were on the clearance rack.
So I weeded out the bed….
Yeah, and one of these days, I’ll actually get new shutters, but that’s not that important at the moment for this spendthrift.
Here’s the Salvia, Coleus, and the two lone Zinnias on the back row with the trench dug out for the Vinca.
And here, everything planted, with the exception of the Thyme.
It’s ultimately not what I want for the long term, but hopefully it’ll do well enough to at the very least, inspire me to give this bed a little more attention so as to not allow the grass and weeds take over again 😉
Hopefully I can share another picture (or 4) in a couple of weeks that show how well the plants are doing. I did plant the Thyme this evening but neglected taking a picture of it. It was a 9-plug pack that I got for $1…so, it’s not all that thrilling to look at right now 😉 Hopefully I can save it though and it’ll spread like it should for further weed control.