All good gardens start with a plan.

I am looking forward to tilling some new beds in the next couple days. One will include these zinnia with some daisies and sunflowers.

Zinnia awaiting planting in the ground.
Zinnia awaiting planting in the ground.

Every good & successful garden starts with a plan.  Every year I map it out.  I am mindful to rotate crops & to plant with companions in mind. That promotes beneficial growth & pest resistance for many of the plants.

Garden plans
Garden plans

Our front bed includes several heuchera plants. It’s a shady bed under two maples, so heuchera do well together with vinca.

Heuchera
Heuchera

To the side of the house, we have some beautiful hostas and hydrangeas.  That area is also mostly in shade & S intends it to become a “fairy garden” of sorts.  Right now it mostly holds a bunch of limb detritus from the ice storms but we should be chipping that all soon.

Hostas
Hostas

We have a bed of lillies along the back of the house.  It was here when we bought the house & includes beautiful Asiatic lillies.

Asiatic lillies
Asiatic lillies

Blackberries are coming!

Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberries!
Blueberries!

This shows the leggy blackberry bush that I am rooting to be 5 different bushes.

Blackberries
Blackberries
2nd blueberry bush going in the ground
2nd blueberry bush going in the ground
Echinacea
Echinacea
Echinacea
Echinacea
Chive scapes/blooms
Chive scapes/blooms
Asparagus beans are sprouting!
Asparagus beans are sprouting!
Scallop (pattypan) squash
Scallop (pattypan) squash
Pipian from Tuxpan
Pipian from Tuxpan
Zucchini
Zucchini
Nasturiums - critical for companion planting!
Nasturiums – critical for companion planting!
Lavender blooming
Lavender blooming
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