-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love flowers. I’m sure you all enjoy a beautiful flower so I thought I’d share some throughout my garden this year. Minus the weeds, because anyone who has been to my house might notice that my flower beds have pretty things in them, but don’t necessarily look pretty as a whole.
Unfortunately, where I live the soil is dreaded clay. The stuff has to be amended every year and if it isn’t, many plants struggle. If anyone else has this same problem with a similar climate to Utah, will you please let me know what plants you’ve found that do well? I’d love to add some to my list!
I am by no means a garden pro and I might mess up the names of some of these plants, so feel free to correct me if you see that I’m wrong!
Salvia: I LOVE these plants because they are pretty, and a perennial. Yay! I got this and the next plant pictured from family—they just dug a portion of theirs out and I re-planted it at this house when we moved here.
The beautiful Peony: it has done it’s best so far this year. My mom gave me this one that started to grow randomly in her garden and every year I’ve had it, it’s been attacked by some type of mite and killed, but it always comes back the next spring. I’m hoping to protect it better from that this year):
My butterfly bush is normally very pretty but it didn’t come back very well after this winter.
Mums are so pretty and they do great here.
Cosmos always die.
I’ve planted at least 4 poppy perennial plants and they’ve never come back. ORANGE flowers are my favorite but they never do very well, even marigolds have a hard time.
So I don’t have a green thumb by any means! And I know the answer is to keep the bugs under control and amend the soil.
So, what garden tips can you give me? Any suggestions on flowers that would do well in clay soil in Utah? Or tips on helping my garden grow better? Tips on bug and slug control? (we have indeed tried beer and that has helped some years).
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