Yesterday I was recognized as one of the top10 garden Twitter users. I love making new contacts on social media networking sites so this was a real treat to be ‘RT’ ( retweeted). To show my excitement for being noticed on this fun site I decided to do a Top 10 of my own.
Each year I am sure to add at least 2 new sunflower varieties to grow in with my veggies. Sunflowers are wonderful to cut and share with friends or to dress up the inside of our home in a vase. These grow in various colors and sizes with little or no care needed.
Hibiscus syriacus/ Rose of Sharon Shrub.
I have had two homes to add gardens to in my life time and on the top of my must have list in the landscaping is the Rose of Sharon shrub. This flowering shrub adds color to any Midwest Home & Garden and also fills me with wonderful childhood memories. Growing up I can still remember photos out by the front porch near the Rose of Sharon shrub.
I’m a big fan of all types of coleus. These are annuals in my Midwest garden but are enjoyed in containers and in the landscaping. Over the winter months I tried to winter a few over in my new greenhouse but the night we lost heat I also lost my favorite coleus. Luckily, I have been able to find these locally at my favorite Proven Winner Garden Centers.
Twist and Shout : Hydrangea macrophylla
I love having flowering shrubs in my garden landcaping. One of my favorite varieties is from the collection of Hydrangea I own. One of my favorites each year is the Twist and Shout. This Hydrangea puts on a blooming show all summer and her flowers are very unique.
Sometimes not a gardeners friend……
All bunnies are welcome in the BGgarden as long as they are invited! We have a small rabbitry in our garden and we love the bunny fertilizer they provide our garden with. Not to mention they are soft and cuddly! Who can resists?!
A garden is not complete with out a kitten ( or two). We live out in the country so a cat was a ‘must’ because I am not a big fan of the mice that like to live in the fields that surround our home. I can honestly say, we have not see one mouse ( living) on our property. A cat is always a wonderful addition to help keep company while enjoying the beautiful gardens. What a wonderful feeling to provide a home for cats that needed rescued. The really cool thing about our cats is they seem to acknowledge they love we have provided for them.
For the past 7 year since we moved to the country I have had a detailed plan listing all the veggies we will grow for the family to enjoy. I am a fan of home canning processing and most of my veggie picks are those we can store over the winter. There is no doubt you will find all the makings for salsa and home stews in my garden. Some of my favorites each year are the roma tomatoes, hot peppers and cucumbers that grow on home made trellis’.
Ornamental grass adds to the landscaping year round in the BGgarden.
I am a huge fan of ornamental grasses. These add color and texture to the garden year round. Over the years I have also been keeping an eye out for new grasses that can be added to container plantings.
Rocking it out in the Garden
When we bought our home in the country one of the selling points for us was the rock front porch. Since then I have added various patios and walk ways with rock themes. I think all gardens should have some type of rock if for nothing but to add texture to a soft garden.
Last year was the first year I harvested enough raspberries to make a few jars of jam to enjoy during the winter months. In our garden we have many fruit trees including peach, apple, pluot, pears, cherries and quince. Recently, I ordered some strawberries online and am looking forward to a crop of strawberries this summer. My favorite fruit is from the berry bushes we brought from our first home. These raspberries were easy to move and love to spread out so give them lots of room for many berries.
I know that is 10 … but is there room for just one more must have in the Midwest garden?
Perennials and Annuals that welcome the Butterflies
How could we not add blooms like Lantana, sedum and Joe Pye Weed that the attract birds and butterflies!
Thank you Top 10 for noticing what I have growing and sharing in my Midwest Garden!