Posted: Aug 15, 2012 2:52 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2012 2:53 PM
Expand your garden without expanding your planting budget. Allow self-seeding annuals and perennials to fill the voids in existing or new planting beds.
Bee balm is a favorite of hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and most gardeners. And the wonderful fragrance provides a bit of aromatherapy as you transplant and thin out seedlings.
The seedheads of both coneflowers and rudbeckia provide food for the birds and add winter interest to the landscape. Equally assertive plants require the same growing conditions and can be left to duke it out on their own. Just keep the more timid plants away.
The bright white flowers of feverfew scattered throughout the garden can provide unity as they quickly multiply.
Plant seeds of hollyhocks and other biennials two years in a row to insure yearly bloom.
And if you prefer a more neat and tidy garden, deadhead or better yet, call in your friends looking for a few free plants.