To say that I am not the most patient person when it comes to planting in my yard is a bit of an understatement. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE planting, weeding and keeping it looking beautiful, but I tend to rely on plants and flowers during the warmer months that become showstoppers in virtually no time. Fortunately, here in the South, there are quite a few that provide instant gratification for me and require very little care. Here are a few of my favorites:
Boston fern - I have always had two of these babies flanking my front door and with a little water every few days and some afternoon sun, they make a fabulous first impression. They are so inexpensive, but make such a dramatic impact! I picked these two up at Home Depot three summers ago...they've weathered the winters well in my garage!
Sweet potato vine - These annuals come in bright lime green or gorgeous purple and grow like a weed! They fill in empty spots in perennial beds, spill over from planters and pots and seem to double in size overnight! The colors are just gorgeous and are a beautiful compliment to evergreens:
Purple queen - these succulents have taken up residence in my whiskey barrels and have basically taken over! I love the deep, purple/gray color and, because they are succulents, they require very little watering. The best part is that they tend to come back the next year if we have a mild winter:
Knock out roses - If there's anything better than a splash of hot pink in your perennial beds or borders, I don't know what it is. When each rose starts to lose its leaves and die, snip the head off right at the base - three more flowers grow back in its place!
What are some of your favorites?