Do you forget each year exactly what you planted the year before or have trouble keeping track of how many plants you used in a planter or bed?
There’s an easy answer, and it’s probably in your pocket or purse right now. Our phone cameras are a great gardening tool.
I use mine to take pictures of new container plantings and garden beds and continue taking pictures through the season to track the progress of their growth.
The pictures here are one example. These planters are on a busy street and are seen from some distance, so they need to grow large. I took pictures the day they were planted and a couple of times after to show the progression of their growth.
Taking pictures as a reference is helpful if you’re asking for help choosing plants for your garden too. Simply take your pictures into the garden shop the next year and let them see what you did the year previous. Then you can recreate all or part of it – or none of it if it didn’t do well for you. It’s really a very helpful tool!
These containers are tall and narrow, and they’re planted intensively, so consistent watering is a must. The first pictures were taken at the beginning of May and the final shots are at the very end of July.
After 3 full months they’re still looking great, and with some clipping to cut back the coleus they should continue well into September.
This is also an example of choosing the right plants for the person. She’s a busy mom who doesn’t want to fuss over the pots and is lucky enough to have her mom help water when she’s out of town.
I chose the lime green coleus and big leaf begonias because I knew they’d grow large and accented them with the variegated leaves of cuban oregano and caladiums, then tucked in the airy white blooming euphorbia. The potato vine is another toughie that contributed more of the chartreuse green color to show up from a distance.
If you have a difficult time keeping track of names of plants, using the Notes feature of your I-Phone can help. As a matter of fact, I have an entire list of most of the plants in my garden in my phone. Believe me, I’ve always depended on pen and paper jotting down info here and there, but more times than not I misplaced them. Now I keep notes on my phone and they don’t get lost!
By Kris Blevons