Fall planting, the thrifty way
When I buy plants for the containers on our front and back porches each spring, I try to purchase ones that can eventually be transplanted somewhere else on our property. This helps me stretch my landscaping buck because I get to enjoy one plant in two places! It also helps me slowly, but surely, build up the greenery in our yard.
My plan all along was to enjoy them potted throughout the spring and summer, then to transplant them below our retaining wall in the fall, where they could have a permanent home.
Today I tackled that project and made some other changes for the fall season that I wanted to show you. Yard work is hard work, especially when it is still H.O.T. But I needed the exercise after all the ice cream eating that has been going on around here.
After yanking the arborvitaes out of their pots, I filled the pots with a few inexpensive, festive fall items.
I paid $9.99 for this whole ensemble:
In the rear are orange chrysanthemums, which I am excited to see in full bloom. I love the little pepper plant, too. Does anyone know what the bright green, leafy plant is?
I’m not sure if this pot will make it past first frost, but we’ll see. I also brought out my harvest wreath for the front door. Fall is in the air!
On the back porch, I potted two large mums. I think I paid $5 apiece for them.
Please ignore the fading porch posts. I just power-washed them in preparation for a makeover, which is coming soon. 😉
Of course, the arborvitaes made it to their permanent home.
This area of our property could use a lot of landscaping TLC. But I figure I’ll try to take baby steps and make a few improvements each year based on what we can afford and tackle ourselves.
Have you done any fall planting yet? Also, do you know of any colorful flowers or plants that thrive in shade?
I took a walk at my parents camp in the woods yesterday and saw some beautiful ferns growing naturally. I may have to steal a few of those. 🙂
I’m linking this up to Mrs. Hines Class.