This post has been sponsored by Monrovia, but all opinions are my own.
Why Monrovia plants? Because my Mom says so, and Mom is always right.
OK, so that’s not the only reason we’re Monrovia gardening fans (although Mom’s opinion is usually the one I trust.) I’m a lifetime garden lover and my husband is a master gardener through Penn State, but honestly, our green thumbs are really falling short this year. We have massive home repairs to do this season (with 2 little kids to boot) so not much is getting done around here. That doesn’t mean we’re willing to sacrifice curb appeal, though. That’s the real reason why we’re using Monrovia plants – they’re available at local garden centers and Lowe’s home centers across the country, and the experts at Monrovia inspire us to be “horticultural craftsmen” just like they are.
Monrovia’s website is truly a gardener’s treasure. It’s full of well-organized advice on what to plant in your specific hardiness zone (by zipcode) as well as growing specs, design tips and outdoor inspiration. You can also sign up for their newsletter, Plant Savvy™, and get gardening info delivered to your inbox each month. Topics like what kind of plants increase your home’s value, how to design a water-wise garden, curb appeal tips and ideas for planting edibles. Good stuff – and free!
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So when Monrovia asked me to pick up a few plants so I could show you, I was in the car before I could say, “You bet your aster!” 🙂
We visited our local Lowe’s (we found them by entering our ZIP in the Monrovia store locator.) Obviously, the kids were into it.
Each one picked out a plant of their own. They were so excited, you would have thought they were in a candy store.
And then, with the very little bit of time we had, we put our Top 3 EASY Tips for Increasing Curb Appeal to work!
1. First, we chose a compact groundcover. I love sedum because they grow so close together and crowd out all the weeds. We chose Monrovia’s Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum because it’s a low-maintenance perennnial groundcover, but also because it offers a pretty red/purple color to complement the bucket of hens and chicks we brought from our last house.
We’ll plant these along the side of our deck where weeds tend to get out of control. Once these babies fill in, we’ll barely have to weed at all! And the area will look clean, colorful and appealing from the road.
2. Next, we filled in with long-blooming annuals. My son’s Aloha Million Bells (technically, Aloha Kona Calibrachoa) were the perfect thing to fill in our big half-barrels, since their colorful blooms last all season and grow well in baskets and containers.
We teach the kids to pop off the spent blooms and water them, and there’s basically zero upkeep for us. Plus, these are great for quite a few different hardiness zones.
The hot pink and yellow look so bright and cheery from the road, and we plan to add a tall, spiky grass accent in the back for a little height.
My husband did the planting for me as a Mother’s Day gift. Nice, right? I visited with my Mom and by the time I got home, voila! (I think my baby girl approves.)
This step also included potting up my very favorite plant – the Corkscrew Rush. I pot them up to keep on the deck every year because they’re just so fun and whimsical (and also because they look great for the whole season and barely requre any care!)
I definitely need a pot that looks like a face, don’t you think? This would make great hair!
3. Finally, some show-stoppers.
Here’s the part we still have yet to do. I think every yard need a destination plant or two, and we’re missing those. We have one large area on the side of our house that will be losing shrubs during our home repairs, and we plan to replace them with some real breathtaking beauties (alongside our bleeding hearts, of course.)
My dream plants? Wisteria and Foxglove. My dad has a wisteria that he’s training into a tree, and it’s to die for, but I’m thinking I’d like a trellis or fence on the wall to keep things a little more low-maintenance. The foxglove bring in butterflies and hummingbirds, so I look forward to having them around. What a spectacular show we’ll have!
A great garden doesn’t have to be a ton of work, but it does take a little planning. Choosing the right plants for your zone and the level of maintenance you want will make all the difference in maintaining your curb appeal for years to come. Visit Monrovia online and get your garden off on the right foot this spring.
Don’t forget – you can shop Monrovia online and have plants shipped directly to a participating Monrovia garden center near you.