No Green Thumb

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Posted by: from Cap Aux Meules
12/12/2007 at 7:29:35 PM

One of my goals for next year is to have a flower garden in the spring. This has been a goal of mine for the last few years...obviously not achieved. The problem is, I don't have a green thumb. My mom gave me a spider plant saying nothing could kill it. Well, I did.

Can someone recommend hearty garden plants that even I could plant and care for? Something that can stand both a little neglect and over-caring. ( I tend to go back and forth). Thanks!

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Ferris Contracting in Barrie
Date/Time1/4/2008 at 9:04:42 PM

Hosta,s and Lillys are 2 very hardy plants that dont require alot of attention,both come in many sizes/shapes/colours,Hostas will grow just about anywhere(shade/sun)most flower from mid summer to early fall. Lillys also grow just about anywhere,but will do better if they get some sun,atleast 4 hours. Lillys also come in many varitions,so many that its hard to make a decision on what one you want ! If you do your homework,you can have tall ones in your gardens background,and shorter versions up front,and they flower from early spring to late fall,if you pick the right variates,youll have flowers all season long.

Only 2 things that i can offer as tips to growing either plant is.

1) during dry spells,they need watering(as does any garden)

2) Hostas spread fairly fast (almost all variants) and will take over a garden,and choke out your other plants,they spread out under the surface(6 inchs or so ) to stop them from doing this youll need to put a retainer around them(Garden centers have it) this will stop them from spreading out into your other plants. Some lillys require this also,but most are slow to spread out.

Both these plants when not flowering have a very nice green (some have multi coloured leafs) folige,Hostas esp,some even look tropical.


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Brett in Toronto
Date/Time3/28/2008 at 4:02:13 PM

with a flower garden you need to learn how to take care of it. basically you have to manage the soil, watering and the plants themselves. but i will tell you there are a lot of great books on the subject. if you spend maybe $150 on 3-4 books and read them you will learn a lot. check out lee valley. the books i like are "the well tended perennial garden" and i also like the gardening 1-2-3 book from home depot. there are a few others around too. read them in the store first if you can and then buy if they seem good.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/12/2008 at 9:04:09 AM

nothing can kill it? lol, every plant has its own natural enemy, google it lol. if can't find it, just burn it.

anyway, if you wish to keep, i suggest you try do a little editing and cutting job.

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Ruby in Scarborough
Date/Time4/13/2008 at 10:53:50 AM

Ideal low-maintenance plants are the sort that look good over as long a period as possible, but don't need a lot of fussing over.

You can't go far wrong with a mixture of shrubs, conifers and grasses if you want to cut your work down.

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Scott in Toronto
Date/Time4/19/2008 at 2:58:12 PM

Stopping in at a garden store should let you ask some professionals about this sort of thing. A variety of shrubs (as posted above) is a good thing to plant if you want to have low maintenance.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/23/2008 at 3:56:08 AM

so i wonder what's louise condition now. hope she did have a good control over the spider plant. but what bugging me is "nothing can kill it", that means even weed killers and poison can't kill it?

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Karen in Winnipeg
Date/Time4/6/2009 at 1:40:13 AM


I have the same problem. I think I've killed every kind of houseplant out there. I usually plant impaitents and begonias in the shade. They are pretty hardy and seem to be able to handle being forgotten about for a while. If you have a lot of sunlight try portulaca or fuchias. Good Luck!!

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Nicole from C.D.L in Oakville
Date/Time2/18/2011 at 5:52:28 PM

If you dont have a green thumb and time to garden on a regular basis I would not reccomend planting a ton of perrenials, as they become a handfull over time by spreading. Stick to a handful of different plants that will offer colour year round. Repetition is the key to any successful garden, less is more. As a landscape designer my top 5 plant choices for any gadren include , Goldmound Spirea-Flowers Pink in spring, Purple Palace Coral Bells- A no maintenace perrenial that is grown for its beautiflu leaf, Endless Summer Hydrangea- Blooms on old and new wood, Stella Doro Daylilly- blooms all summer long, Blue Fescue- Evergreen Steel blue grass. You should add evergreens like clipped yews, boxwoods, globe blue spruce, and euonymus for winter interest! These plants are low maintenance plants!

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