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It’s no secret that I’m pretty clueless when it comes to gardening.  However, I truly want to be better.  I’m not looking to be brilliant at it, but I’d like to be able to keep a few potted plants alive for a bit.  So I dropped into our local nursery for inspiration and to stretch my gardening muscles.

The Challenge: Find plants for these pots with a $20 budget.

This is what I came home with:

The Breakdown:

Assorted Pansies (annual/perennial) – Pansies have such pretty leaves and flowers, I couldn’t leave without getting some.

Creeping Myrtle (perennial) – All the plants that I purchased are for “full sun” except the creeping myrtle.  This might explain why the myrtle we have already planted in full sun is not growing as well as I thought it would.

Ornamental Pepper (annual) – This one is my favorite! It’s called “Purple Flash” and I was immediately struck by the the dark peppers and leaves.

Chrysanthemum (annual) – In my opinion, mums are the perfect fall flower!  I picked this one up in the clearance section for a $1.50 which made it even more perfect.

Ascot Rainbow (perennial) – We already have one of these in our yard that is huge and happy.  I’m hoping that I can transplant this into another part of the yard next spring.  I was really drawn to the variegated color of the leaves… especially when paired with the other plants that I purchased.

I ended up planting most of the plants in one pot and although I’m not sure this pic does the arrangement justice, in real life, I’m so happy with the look.  And bonus points… Tyson likes it too.

Most of these are annuals that I will pull later in the season giving the perennials room to grow and (hopefully) transplant in the spring.  Now if I can only keep these guys from dying…

Do you have any tips for my latest attempt at planting? Are you doing any planting for the fall?  Do you have certain favorites that you ALWAYS put in your pots?  I’d love to know what you’re up to in the garden.