Planting a Sunny Garden

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3 Hours

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Our front flower bed was starting to look a little bit CRAZY. It was completely overgrown and aside from the big crepe myrtle growing in the middle, there wasn't much else there besides weeds and grass.

planting a sunny garden

First up, the hard work. Pulling alllllllll those weeds! It would have been so much easier with a tiller but alas, I didn't have one. So I cranked up some tunes and got to pulling.

planting a sunny garden

Ah, that's better! Now it's time for the FUN part! Let's pick out some flowers!!

planting a sunny garden

I needed some plants that would grow in the sun. And not just any sun, TEXAS sun! Here's what I chose:

  • Pentas
  • Angelonia
  • Vinca
  • Begonias (I put them in the back where they'd get a little shade)
planting a sunny garden

I always like to set them out so that I can get an idea of what they will look like.

planting a sunny garden

The best part is, most of these spread so the flower bed will be filled in within a few weeks!

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  • Diane
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Looks really nice, like the triangle shape, easier to mow around!

    Did you use mulch ?????

    It is -1 right now here, can't wait to be able to garden again-!!

  • Sharron Bennett
    on Jan 13, 2019

    What is the triangle shape, I mean what kind of grass is it? Very pretty flower bed, good job.

    • Erin
      on Jan 21, 2019

      Loriope (sp?)

      commonly known as “monkey grass”

  • Bette
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Love it! What is the name of the edging plants? Does it hold up to hot sun? We live in SC and the heat kills everything. Few plants survive the heat here.

    • Andrea
      on Jan 14, 2019

      It resembles the monkey grass we use. You cannot kill the stuff and it SPREADS. I am in Georgia, so can tell you with a warm climate, if you use it be prepared for thinning it out every other year where you want it and digging it up where you don't! Pretty but Very invasive!

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  • Darla
    on Jan 20, 2019

    That's a great and inventive idea. Great for a pawn that way overgrown. Mow your shapes (whatever ones you prefer and go from there. Love it and will be keeping in my files for future work projects. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gruber
    on Jan 30, 2019

    Good job

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