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How's it going? One plant at a time....

Updated: May 1, 2020

Hello, friends! Happy Thirsty Thursday. While this isn't cocktail content today, if you would like a recipe for a killer cocktail, you can find one on my previous blog post.

I've given you a little peek into some new garden beds I have coming off our patio in the rear of our home. I've kept you up to date on things I'm planting there in hopes of filling it all up and making it look beautiful. The truth is, it's going slowly. That's not a revelation by any means-I knew it was going to take time. Great gardens always do. No matter how many plants I put in there it still isn't anywhere near as full and luxurious as I would like it to be. I am trying to practice patience, but I have such a vision in my head and would really like these new beds to look fully fleshed out right NOW.

Proven Winners A Ha Tuff Stuff Hydrangea

I have a fair amount of annuals coming in to help beef up beds all around our property but in all honesty, I hate spending money on annuals. Some might say I'm being cheap. I like to think of it as frugal. Don't get me wrong-I love the way they look but I hate the thought that all the money I've spent only lasts for one season. Perennials to the rescue! Last year I did a good amount of perennials and shrubs in containers instead of annuals because I knew I could pop them out and plant them in the landscape in the fall. My Proven Winners Tuff Stuff Hydrangea has done so well in its container that it is still there! It over-wintered just fine and is looking super lovely and green right about now.

Went to a cute little garden center called Byrne Farm Market for the first time the other day and discovered some really pretty Agastache. The variety is called Kudos Ambrosia. The color captivated me immediately. It is described as having coconut, pale orange, and rose pink blooms and it is absolutely stunning. They are considered a perennial in gardening zones 5-9 and they have a lovely, soft green foliage. They are expected to get about 17 inches tall with flower spikes reaching to approximately 22 inches. They will get about 16 inches across. All in all a perfect size for my border.

In case any of you were wondering, YES I had to pull up and cut the landscape fabric underneath in order to plant these. Yes, it is a huge pain in the ass. NO, I will never ever use landscape fabric again. These beds are also super rocky! It's leftover from when we built the patio and the swimming pool. Yikes-what a pain. Okay, okay, no more complaining. Moving on...

I can't wait to see how these fill in, grow, and bloom this summer. I am still absolutely swooning over the color of these. The combination of pale orange and pale pink reads mostly as coral. I could easily do an all coral garden and have absolutely no regrets. I think these will be a great addition to these new beds and perhaps to yours! I've included a picture of the plant tag so you can research and find them if you're interested.

They come in other colors too, but why would you want any one but this one?

Enjoy your garden this Spring, whether it be expansive or just a few pots on your patio. Gardens (and cocktails) are good for the soul.


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