2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour


2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Every year I try to find some new unusual garden junk, or at least move the old stuff around the yard to make new themed vignettes. This spring was just so different.  Thrift shops were closed, and there were few rummage sales. Even finding bedding plants was different.  It seemed like there were less plant varieties available.  

You may recognize some of my junk in today's  "Spring Junk Garden Tour".

The left side of my big flower border is pretty much like last year.  The front row plantings include red verbena, white bacopa, white and blue chip perennial campanula, and a bucket of Alaska nasturiums.

The middle area has both Asiatic lilies and a Stella d' Oro, and Marguerite daisies. Magenta Nemesias are in the kettle on the sawhorse, and a row of Allium bulbs is starting to bloom under the ladder.


2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Moving further right, I have more red verbenas, a pincushion flower, a perennial grass, Husker Red Penstemon, tall baby's breath, and several astilbesBenary zinnia bedding plants are tucked in here and there towards the back as well.

Lobelia and lantana are planted in the funnels.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
On this end is a red monarda, more marguerite daisies, and black eyed SusansThe tub is planted with Alaska nasturiums in the center and black eyed Susan vine around the edges.  The back row of the garden has two clumps of globe thistle, one clump of Shasta daisies, and clumps of various purple cornflowers.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Creeping babies breath are the low growing plants in the front and front left side.

The border is doing well for June 5.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
I planted my usual Nicotiana in the laundry bucket in my wheelbarrow, along with Prince Tut grassesVariegated verbenas are in the bucket!

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Wax begonias do so well in this area.  

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Last year was my first year of Rieger begonias.  I loved them, unfortunately, so did the deer.  I eventually lost them.  Liquid fence does the trick as long as I spray pretty often, especially after rain or a lot of new growth.  I just got lazy towards the end of the summer.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
The chicken feeders are planted with sweet potato vines and coleus. Lobelia is tucked into a funnel in a milk can.  Above in buckets on the deck are Angelonias, Nemesias, red geraniums, lantana, and salvia.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
I had planned to repaint my footboard sign but I haven't had time yet!

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
 Sedums and hosta come up every year in a few areas along the house, and I tuck my wheels, cultivators, barn doors, funnels, etc in where there is room.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Red verbena, lobelia, red geraniums, yellow lantana and purple fountain grasses will eventually soften up, and brighten up the weathered junk placed along the shed.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
I just love old birdhouses.  I display them on nails on the deck railing.  The squirrels around here have ruined every birdhouse that I ever hung in a tree for the birds to nest in.

I have wax begonias, swingtime fuchsias, and white lobelia planted among the birdhouses.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
I overwintered the three succulents on the right in a south window in the house last winter.  They didn't grow a lot but they stayed nice.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
The mop buckets stayed put from last year in this little garden.  Lots of red geraniums and verbenas, white verbena, diamond frost euphorbias, and a couple of scaveolas.  White wax begonias are planted in the ground.

My old boss dropped off a cool railroad barn house jack for me.  It has a screw on top.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Another fuchsia and white lobelia are in the big bucket on the left.  The obelisks are planted with black eyed Susan vines and Cigar plant vine.  More verbenas, Diamond Frost Euphorbias, calibrachoas, lobelia and geraniums along the house in tubs and pails.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
My Solomon's Seal is blooming at the left in this front bed.  Double impatiens and coleus fill the tub, with a fuchsia in the hanging bucket.

Thanks for visiting!  Join me next month for the annual junk garden tour when all the perennials will be in bloom!



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3 comments

  1. Love! I can live out my junk garden dreams vicarioulsy through you, lol. I just wish I could come walk this once a week for inspiration! I can not beg you enough, start a youtube channel!!!! I am going to share your blog. Tfs, Laura

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  2. I have a cute metal watering can that I put plants in this year (usually it's placed in a short tomato cage at an angle to look like it's watering the vine garden). How do I keep it from rusting inside and developing holes that could render it useless in the years to come??

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    1. I like a little rust so I don't put anything on metal. My weathered wood is treated with Thompson's Water Seal clear sealer.

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