|Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Alma Potschke’|
Before the festivities of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I attempted to post a secret I learned from the praying mantis. The garden fairies boldly intervened, however, and ripped the secret off the post.
I would like to thank everyone who posted about their blooms for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. You all provided a great resource for everyone to check out blooms across the country and around the world. I appreciate each and every post, even if I can no longer get to all of them. I try to get to as many as I can.
You also gave me some time to negotiate with the garden fairies to be allowed to post about this secret. They are not easy to negotiate with – they are garden fairies.
By my accounting this is the 11th secret to achieving happiness in your garden that I’ve discovered and shared. I published a separate page for the first five secrets and have posted secrets six through ten. I have it on good authority that there are well over thirty secrets, enough to fill a small book.
But I digress. Without further ado, and with the permission of the garden fairies, I can now share the eleventh secret.
Try new plants.
That’s it. Try new plants.
Often we gardeners get stuck in a rut and plant the same plants over and over and over and over and over. Ad nauseum. I’ve even heard that some garden designers will do the same thing and offer the same palette of twenty or so plants that they know and are comfortable with it. Over and over and over and over again. They may use the excuse that these are their signature plants, or some such lazy nonsense like that.
Just imagine, though, how nice it is to plant something different. In my garden, I avoided red. Can you imagine? Now I have the beautiful aster, ‘Alma Potschke’, (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) just beginning to show its bright reddish-pink color in my garden and I couldn’t be happier with it.
Across the way is the red flowering OSO EASY™ Cherry Pie rose, Rosa ‘Meiboulka’.
|OSO EASY™ Cherry Pie rose, Rosa ‘Meiboulka’|
Please note that I’m not converting my entire garden over to red flowers, but the few that I have will always remind me that one of the secrets to happiness in your garden is to try new plants. Branch out. Do it. Find a plant that you’ve never grown before, pick a color you’ve avoided, and plant them in your garden.
Or as in my case, listen to your garden designer and the hort-enabler when they push you to include new-to-you plants in your garden. You’ll see. It will make you happy to have something new.
Try new plants.