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Backyard Planters for Beginners {like me!}

The first thing that I have to do as soon as the weather starts to warm up is get my yard ready. We spend a weekend or two pressure washing the house and the porches, cleaning the patio furniture, planting new plants in the planters, weeding, killing ant beds, and of course mowing the yard for the first time. It feels SO good to get everything cleaned up and ready for entertaining friends, playing outside, and dining al fresco on a cool spring evening.

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I am gradually getting better at gardening. It isn’t something that has come naturally for me. I don’t think the problem is that it is HARD but that I don’t have a lot of time. Planting, weeding, and watering come WAY down on the list of priorities for me with two little ones. However, with the kids getting a bit bigger, they are beginning to be more helpful. AND, I opt for simple plants that are forgiving! I think that’s my secret to success!

As you can see from the top picture there, my planters were SERIOUSLY neglected. LOL. Full of weeds or burnt and dead plants.  The first thing I had to do was pull out the dead plants, stir and break up the existing dirt, add a bit of fresh dirt, and then find some new plants to fill my planters.

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I went to Walmart to scope out the plants that would work best in my situation.  My backyard gets full sun, so I picked plants that could stand the HOT Georgia heat.  Be sure to pay attention to where your plants will be hanging out so that you can pick the ones that will thrive in your environment: full sun, partial shade, part sun, etc.

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I think the art of getting a good look in your planter is to pick one tall plant, one low plant, and one that will fill in and hang over the edges.  Another trick is to pick only one or two colors that coordinate.  If your pots are colored like the one above, make sure you pick plants that will coordinate with the color of your pot.

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Take this planter for instance, I picked mother in law tongue for the tall center plant, and easy to care for begonias for the filler {they are practically scorch-proof!}.  My kids LOVED the little yellow flowers {I can’t remember what they are called}, I think they look like the Lorax’s Truffula Trees. :)   The yellow and white look great with the green pots. {by the way I got these HUGE green planters last year at Walmart and they have them again this year for a GREAT price!}   In a few weeks they’ll look even better as the plants begin to “get comfortable” and spread out in the planter.

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Its refreshing to walk out in my yard and see beautiful pops of color instead of burnt up sticks hanging out of my planters!  It makes me want to spend more time outside…and now is my chance since the weather will be HOT before we know it here in Georgia.  But the best part?  I was able to get all the supplies I needed at Walmart {tons of plants including all the ones in all the  pictures above, and more for my front porch planter} at such an affordable price that I had enough to buy this cute little bird flower pot for this little cutie that begged for it while helping me pick out all the plants last weekend. :)   I also got a bonus for me: a spearmint plant so I can pick fresh mint for my sweet tea and summer drinks all summer long!


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  1. Looks great! Noticed we have TONS of ants lopping up now..what did you do to exterminate???

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