I actually don’t know the answer to that great mystery of how to not kill plants because every time I plant my flower beds in the Spring, I kill half of of the flowers guaranteed. But, I still plant every year and hope, hope, HOPE, I won’t kill all my plants. Every year a few remain so in a few years I’ll have a nice full flower bed…right???
Here is what the beds looked like before planting:
There’s actually supposed to be A LOT more plants in there since I planted a butt load of perennials last year but I guess they didn’t take… again. Oh well, I persist. After my mad dash to the local nursery, dropping $400, and wasting $200 with my soon to be dead plants, I laid out the plants where I thought they should go:
In previous years, I went to either Home Depot or Lowe’s and bought my flowers there. This year I went to a local nursery and talked to someone who knows what’s what about plants and after I explained my situation (I’m a plant killer), he recommended some hardy plants that were not only deer resistant and shade tolerant which I needed but also pretty idiot proof which I desperately needed.
He also recommended some deer spray that actually doesn’t smell like rancid cat urine. It smells like mint instead 🙂 . I sprayed it on EVERYTHING! I followed the motto that if a little is good, a lot is even better. With the amount that I applied, my flowers, house, street, and neighborhood should be deer free.
The kids and my husband are applying mulch for Mother’s Day (I love hard labor as a gift!) and they have 7 cubic yards of it, so yeah, they’ll be applying mulch for two days straight.