Over the last couple of years I have really gotten into our yard. Cody would think that I have just created more work for him but I did pull weeds last week. :) The sunflower above is taller than the fence but for some reason the blooms aren't as big as they were supposed to be. This was my first year with them and it was a learning experience. I planted them a little late so I can't wait to do it right next spring. The picture below was taken last August after we planted all of these plants in our back yard. See the plant in the middle with the purple blooms?
This is it one year later:
Ummmmmm, it is actually covering another plant. Oops! If you want a fast growing pretty plant then I would suggest a butterfly bush. When I water in the evening it has about 20+ butterflies on it. Very pretty. You can click on the picture below to see three butterflies on one bloom.
Of course my favorite plant is my limelight hydrangea. Katie at Harrington House introduced me to these last year and it has doubled in size in one year. She says that some of hers are taller than her. Another fast growing, beautiful plant.
She has great success in drying hers but mine seem to wilt in my vases after several days. I'm not sure if I can do anything different? My regular lacecap hydrangeas last forever in vases.
My parents brought us some cannas this spring and they are now so tall. I love the yellow flower.
I have a couple of questions for the gardening experts. Since y'all told me my hydrangeas from THIS post are lacecap hydrangeas I was wondering if it is okay to cut off the old blooms. They have turned white and are now starting to turn brown. Also, I was told my knockout roses are "self-cleaning" does that mean I should not trim off the old blooms? Or is it okay to cut them? One last question, can I trim my butterfly bush back this fall/winter so it is not so big next summer? If so, when is the best time? Thanks so much!!