I love plants. That is, I like to look at them.
I am not especially good at caring for them.
So, while I am by no means a plant expert,
I am experienced at finding plants that are easy to keep alive.
I don't like to waste money buying plants that won't last.
I find potted plants work well for the wide temperature range we experience in Texas.
Basically, if a plant is in a pot, it can be moved inside during a freeze. Also, I can put potted plants out in the sun during spring and fall, but hide them in the shade during July and August.
Sometimes I even remember to sprinkle a little time release fertilizer in the pots.
Here are ten plants that even I haven't killed yet.
You may notice that these are not the scientific names.
I'm a very casual gardener.
If one color of geranium is good, two in the same pot are great.
Lantana is an EASY plant to grow and attracts butterflies.
Full sun is not a problem for this tough one. It tends to take over a flower bed, so a pot keeps it "contained." It is a good choice if watering every day is out for you.
I look for lantanas with multiple colored flowers for interest.
Asparagus fern is a low maintenance plant. It seems to look about the same whether I water frequently or almost forget about it. I bring mine in for freezes, but I am told that if they do freeze they will come back.
This sago palm loves the full sun all summer. I bring it inside during winter freezes. It doesn't want much water, so the rain usually takes care of it.
This ivy has been in the shady area outside our front door for years. I take it inside when it freezes.
Sometimes I trim it. I think it might be time.
This Boston fern loves this shady corner of our patio. Occasionally, I mist it with the hose. When it gets really hot, I may enjoy it inside the house for a while.
These Leland cypress trees take the afternoon sun pretty well. I keep them watered and move them to a shadier spot during the hottest part of the summer. They would probably prefer to be planted in the ground and grow really tall, but they work for me in pots.
This is my idea of vegetable gardening. So far none of these cherry tomatoes has made it to a salad, but they sure are yummy. The poor plant has taken some abuse in the wind lately, but it keeps producing. Here's the tag that came with it:
The last two beauties live under our porte cochere. Potted plants do especially well there because they never get direct sun exposure.
This blue hydrangea is very thirsty. It must be watered daily.
Impatiens are very easy. They do prefer shade.