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I love gardening!  I still feel like a rookie but I just love it.  I read all I can on different plants and gardening techniques, I subscribe to a gardening magazine, I have garden journal of what I plant each year along with maps of my gardens, our local garden center is my "happy place" and LOVE swapping plants with friends and family.  Free plants?!?!  I am in!

This past fall my in laws bought a new house.  Their "old" home had gardens that should be in magazines.  I have learned all that I know about perennials from my mother in law.  She also loves to split and share plants, so my gardens are a very very small version of hers you could say.  This past fall before they moved my mother in law split a ton of plants for me.  I had just gotten a new garden dug out and not it is completely full!  However since cold weather was fast approaching I literally threw things in the ground just to get them planted. I usually try and place plants based on when they bloom, color and height.  I started that but it got to the point that I was literally gardening in the dark by only the light from the window above the garden.  At that time all my planning went out the window.  I am going to try my hardest not to buy any perennials this year until I see what actually made it threw the winter and what survives the rabbits that love to munch on my garden.  I know there will be many plants that I will have to move around.  To me that's all part of the fun.  In the 5 years since we have owned our current house my gardens have never looked the same from year to year.

We do have a spot in our front yard that the last few years I have been putting Wave Petunia's in.  They always do excellent in that location and I love the continuous color all summer.  Now with 2 little ones that is going to be much harder to maintain and I need the garden as stress free as possible.  I want to find a flowering ground cover to put there.  I want something that flowers most of our summer and is part sun/ part shade.  It sounds impossible but I am going to try.

Here are a few that I am considering:


This says if flowers from mid to late summer and is sun to part shade.  Fits all my criteria.



This one might work too....






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