As you may remember from the last few weeks of posts, I’ve been on a mission to simplify our landscape design. I no longer want to deadhead flowers, divide, or have a lot of weeding so in doing this I’ve had to get creative with what I’m using. I picked mostly shrubs and bushes based on the size they will get, the color they display in all 4 seasons, and if they produce berries or flowers.
I do know I will have to give the shrubs a once a year trimming but that’s nothing compared to the upkeep of perennials. I love the look of a cottage garden filled with blooms, they actually always catch my eye but at my home it just looks like a cluttered mess. Apparently I don’t have the knack for creating a fantastic cottage style garden plan. Lord knows I’ve tried it more than once and always end up gutting it and starting over. I’m extremely happy with what we have now and it’s been the simplest so far.
I have 3 whiskey barrels scattered throughout the landscape design and they all have several types of lavender planted in them with just a sprinkle of annuals for a little color. Here is why I plant more than one variety of Lavender.
- Lavender loves to be neglected I seldom have to water it and it produces year after year.
- With planting several different varieties one of them is always blooming.
- I like to have the different colors Lavender comes in, yes they are all purple but they do look and smell a little different.
- Lavender does well in full sun and that’s mostly what I have.
- I’ve found Lavender does well in pots or containers.
- When Lavender is harvested it keeps its perfume for several months.
- By harvesting Lavender I can get 2-3 cuttings from each plant.
- Even when it’s not in bloom the silver gray color of the plant is a great accent around my annuals.
- Lavender attracts bees and butterflies that help pollinate our fruit trees.
- The best reason ever is the bang for the buck, Lavender will produce for years to come so all I have is the initial investment.
LAVENDER AND ANNUALS IN THIS BARELL
I wanted you to see the tiny Wren that moved into the birdhouse I made. She sits up top and chatters all day long and I sure enjoy watching her guard the nest.
MORE WAYS I’VE PLANTED THE WHISKEY BARRELS