Yesterday, I got my spring perennial catalog. I haven't ordered many plants via catalog. Last year I spent a small fortune at Home Depot and the local nursery to add some color, via perennials, to my dreary yard. This year I'm thinking of using Spring Hill or Blue Stone for further sprucing up.
I've heard good things about Blue Stone from a friend at work. He's an avid gardener. I'll have to mention Spring Hill to him.
Have any of you ordered plants online or via a catalog?
Both of these merchants have pre-planned shade gardens for around $100. I have an area near the backwoods that is surrounded by trees, gets little sun and is as bare as a baby's butt. My goal is to spruce it up this year.
I have another area. I call it the upper lot, by my shed. This is also on my sprucing up list. We've done very little to this section since moving in. This year the shed and adjacent fence is getting painted and the pavement patched in spots. Also I want to add another shade garden there. This area, also has quite a bit of mature trees, is not as shady as the other area I mentioned but I've had trouble growing things due to the lack of direct sunlight.
Here's a new oddity in this spring's Spring Hill catalog.
It's called a Cobra Lily, named for its resemblance to a striking cobra. It can grow to 3 feet tall. It's not included in their pre-planned garden but it's unique enough that I'm tempted to buy it.
Anyway, I'll let you know what I decide to do. My experience with catalog plants has been limited to the Arbor Day donation I made last fall. They sent me ten tree saplings which arrived at the most inopportune time - hours before my flight took off to Florida. I had to spend the morning, out in the pouring rain, planting them so they wouldn't die while we were gone. We'll see what comes of them this spring.