Julie’s Must Haves
You don’t have to be a Master Gardener
to have an amazing garden.
Part of being a successful gardener is choosing the right plants for your climate. There are certain plants that flourish in our Ohio weather and selecting them will lead to a guaranteed easy and gorgeous garden. I have put together a list of Ohio Thrivers that have been proven performers for me time after time. These plants love the hot Ohio summers and are forgiving if you forget to water them, because let’s face it, if your summers are busy like mine, watering is not always a top priority. I have included some pictures from my home garden and our greenhouses so you can see some of the success I’ve had.
Begonias! We love begonias. Dragon Wing, Non-Stop, Rex and Trailing, begonias can be the low maintenance marvels of your garden. They love being dry, so frequent watering is not required. They may not be showy in Spring, but will be big and beautiful by fall and one of the last plants to die at the end of the season.
Vinca (in flats) is an amazing drought-tolerant addition to your garden. It looks delicate in the Spring, but once the heat arrives it will show you what it’s made of. Easy to care for and bursting with blooms, you’ll be happy you added this treasure to your landscape.
Supertunia Vista Bubblegum is an absolute showstopper. One of the best petunias ever, they are extremely vigorous growers that have a mounding habit when planted in the ground. They will provide a massive display of color in your landscape and are low maintenance (no deadheading necessary). Sounds good to us!
Victoria Blue Salvia, also known as “flowering sage”, is a compact variety with rich blue flower spikes. It is a profuse bloomer all season long. This plant adds a vibrant pop of color to your landscape and blends well with both annuals and perennials.