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Re: back to gardening.....

I too am "container challenged". I grow most of my herbs in them on  
my deck (near the kitchen), but these are hardly artistic  
arrangements. I continue to try a number of things in the whiskey  
barrels around the garage, but nothing has looked really good. Am  
willing to give your dogs a medal for destroying the houttuynia - I  
made the mistake of planting it in the ground and have spent years  
trying to remove the aggressive little #@**%@!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 22, 2007, at 3:05 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I never seem to be able to do containers well. No artistic instinct
> maybe. I tend to stick in one or two plants that I know are pretty
> tough, just so I can have some foliage on the patio. My dogs tend  
> to rip
> things out of the pots at random intervals too, so I try not to invest
> much into them. Pelargoniums, ferns, a bay tree, impatiens, ornamental
> grass is what I have in the pots in the greenhouse. In spring I'll  
> head
> out to the big box store and buy some six-packs of things I think  
> might
> grow for the empty pots.
> I had good luck one year with nasturtiums from seed, those were  
> pretty.
> Purple basil looked nice, and I had houttuynia (sp?) for a while,  
> it was
> pretty until the dogs demolished that pot. And I liked the variegated
> abutilon too, but last summer's heat wave killed it - I have a six- 
> inch
> tall cutting in the greenhouse, struggling to live.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Donna
> Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 11:31 AM
> To: gardenchat list
> Subject: [CHAT] back to gardening.....
> Although the word annual is hard to use since we live in so many
> different climates..... and I have never been fond of the words - 
> tender
> perennial- since in my opinion... either it is hardy here or I have to
> 'annually' replace it.
> :)
> I have been browsing the internet, catalogs etc... looking for some
> seeds to start rather than purchasing small plants too early otherwise
> anything
> interesting is sold out.   It really is amazing how many annual for me
> plants
> there are out there.
> Wondering what you folks have grown and liked in containers etc....or
> something you are planning on growing this coming season..... maybe  
> that
> will give me a starting point.
> Donna
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