Sienna Sunset narrow leaf zinnia border

I like this landscaping a lot!

I like this landscaping a lot. It comes with a front border of stones and a nice mix of annuals and perennials. The chosen shrubs add lots of texture, zip, bang, explosion.

Tall and short plants make merriment and weeds are camouflaged in the process. Lots of things like the cleome, and vinca will reseed. In fact that only thing replanted here was the annual blue salvia and ‘Summer Solstice’ narrow leaf zinnia.

Oh wait—this is my landscaping and I worked darn hard for it. You’ll soon find me out in the garden readying the soil for the new season. This sure was a pretty year.

I like the pine straw mulch with my red beams on the front porch.

The birds are happy.

Yep, I like this landscaping a lot. Do you?

The Giddiness of a good find, ‘Miss Ruby’ buddleia x 2010

Miss Ruby buddleia by Proven Winners Plants

‘Miss Ruby’ is my new favorite 2010 Proven Winners Color Choice shrub this week. I’m trialing it in my garden and it hasn’t stopped blooming since May. The blooms have been a deep magenta pink that makes me giddy every time I look at it which matches how I’m feeling tonight.

Below is a stock photo from Proven Winners and this is true to color. I think they have this paired with ‘Limelight’ hydrangea but it could be ‘Incrediball’.

Miss Ruby hydrangea

Proven Winners sent me this plant in the Spring and I was excited about the color and its butterfly attracting qualities. I had the same idea and originally had it paired with ‘White Dome’ hydrangeas.

I moved the ‘White Dome’ to the back beds because it was just too hot out front for them and replaced them with ‘Incrediball’ hydrangeas also by Proven Winners and I’ve written about them HERE.  You can image the car wrecks that are going to happen when those two beauties collide next summer.

The reason I’m so giddy is cause I found a local herb farm called, Mills Garden Herb Farm.  I’m over the top excited about them cause they offer cooking, crafting, and medicinal herb classes. I told ya’ll I wanted to learn wildcrafting and this certainly is a form of it. My first class is wreath making. If you get a chance. Browse on down the main page and meet Madge and her dogs. You know I’ll go over and do an interview so you can see more!! I promise. You know it makes me giddy. I’m nuts about this sort of thing.

My very good friend Kevin Campbell who owns Campbell Family Nursery is the one who directed me to the herb farm. Kevin knows everything. His nursery has been in his family forever. He’s like me..been around since the early 1700’s. I’m going to interview him for you too. He just bought a whole bunch of land moved the entire nursery and has a grand story to tell. You should read some of the stories he has on his blog! Talk about folklore……..he can really tell it. Finding Plant Treasures

I’ve got one of the pure Campbell bloodline Japanese  maples growing in my backyard! So if I tell you that I like a plant and share it with you—-folks I don’t do it lightly—I do it from my heart and because I know it’s got a good bloodline and I trust who it came from. I trust Proven Winners Plants cause I grow them in my own garden.

From the Proven Winners Site: ‘Miss Ruby’ buddleia x

Growing Tips
Prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. Prefers medium moisture. Prune in late fall or early spring. In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. In the South, cut back as needed. To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

Full sun



Hardy Temp
-20°F (-29°C)

Excellent for use in perennial beds, wildlife gardens and mixed borders.

Brilliant rich pink summer blooms unlike any other variety. Prune back in late winter/early spring. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant. Deer resistant.

Purple or Pink


And then I noticed the purple creeping phlox that carpeted some of the landscapes. One minute it looked more purple but then would trick my eyes to think it was pink. Well I guess it was a bit of both. Compelling me to continue on my walk and see just how many pinks and purples had blossomed over the past week.


Wouldn’t you agree that when the light is right that even a broken leg could not keep you inside?


I often say that my favorite time of year is Autumn until I look through the lens of my camera on a glorious Spring day. More about the azaleas later cause right now that phlox is just so darn interesting.


Lime green and purple need a league of their own. They just compete at a different level together. This is why I garden………..


Every texture, hue, shape, and shade are on my favorite list.


Is this bark and phlox or phlox and bark?


Mail phlox ;)


This is so North Carolina that you shouldn’t even have to ask.


Believe it or not, that is a Red Bud tree. A red bud?


Don’t you love purple in the woods? I could show you more if you aren’t convinced that purple can look pink and pink can look purple. These are all photos I shot in my neighborhood yesterday. I didn’t get anything else done except sitting on my front porch. I fatigued myself pushing the swing back and forth.