Weekend Project: Glam Up with Annuals

Like a lot of you guys, my weekends are just as busy as my work week and working in the garden can get delayed. There's one bed in particular that needs attention and its right by the front step of my City Garden Home. Every time I walk past it I say to myself, "I've got to do something with that eyesore." With a couple of events coming up at the house, I could procrastinate no more. I needed a quick and easy way to spruce up the spot. The solution? Annuals of course. One Saturday morning spent at the garden center and planting solved the problem.

What I had to work with was a bed that was overgrown with shade for most of the day. Ferns, toad lily, a hosta or two and boxwood filled the back, but the front was bare. My first step was getting the boxwoods trimmed up. Then I dug up the front half and turned the soil so it was ready for its makeover.

The spot was in bad need of color so I headed out to the nursery to pick out some summer annuals. I went with purples and pinks – Charmed® Wine Oxalis, Rockapulco® Rose Impatiens and Catalina® Pink Torenia. All these plants are low growing so they are perfect for the front of a border.

I laid the pots out in three zig-zagged rows so that they were evenly spaced and followed the natural line of the original greenery in the back of the bed. From there, I just moved from right to left, picking up a pot, digging a hole and placing the flower right where I want it in the pattern.

The entire project, from my visit to the garden center to placing the last plant in the ground, took half a day. That's a pretty speedy way to spruce up a bed and give it a bright, fresh look for spring.

Here's the steps to doing your own makeover.

Clean Up the Bed – Remove dead plants, trim back shrubs, pull out plants that aren't performing.

Refresh the Soil – Using a shovel or garden fork, turn over the soil. Mix in compost.

Choose your Plants – Pick out annuals in blooms and colors of your choice. Be sure the sun requirement match your bed space. Check the height and spacing. Position accordingly.

Plant – Dig holes, remove plants from nursery pots and gently break up the roots. Place in the hole, cover with soil and water.

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