Sunday, June 2, 2013

Getting Your Green Thumb: A Guest Post from Whitney Curtis of The Curtis Casa

Hello Splendid Spaces readers! I'm Whitney from The Curtis Casa, a home and garden blog. I'm so happy to be here today sharing a few gardening ideas and curb appeal suggestions with y'all! Let's get to it.

Any time you're thinking about gardening plans, it's a good idea to first identify what gardening zone you're in. That zone will simply tell you average temperatures and rainfall, so you can better judge the types of plants you'll need. Other factors to think about will be soil type, sunlight or shade, how much trimming is good for the plant, etc.

Since it's hard to identify plants that work well everywhere, let's take southern Florida (where Sadie lives!) as an example.

What are some of great plants, flowers or hedges for the front of a home?
Marigolds, Calibrachoa (below), Impatiens, Begonia, Salvia, Plectranthus & Coleus


What plants look the best, take the least amount of upkeep?
Most of these suggestions require little upkeep. The only thing you might need to do every couple of years is trim the azalea after the blooms fade away in late spring early summer. Don't wait too long to trim azaleas - they bloom on old growth, which means that the growing they do in summer and fall is where the buds grow for next springs' flowers. If you trim an azalea in summer or fall, you'll be cutting off future buds and you won't have any flowers in the spring!

What plants can survive changing temperatures well? 
Since southern Florida temperatures in winter rarely ever get down to freezing, you won't need to worry too much about frost killing your plants. Though you can always take advantage of cool-weather plants like pansies to add a little color by your front door. In the summer when the heat can do a number on your plants, you can count on Plectranthus to be pretty heat resistant! 

Here's another tip: You'll want to combine a few plants with varying bloom times. For example, azaleas that bloom in the spring fade away by summer, making way for the colorful calibrachoa, impatiens and begonias to get the attention. 


The absolute best advice I can give would be to just wander around your local gardening store and ask as many questions as you can think of. Your local stores will be able to tell you exactly what will work well in your area, in your garden!

Thank you so much for having me, Sadie! 

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