A couple weeks ago I saw a picture posted on Facebook with a display of sedums all planted in an old wheelbarrow. It was a pretty creative idea to re-use a wheelbarrow that may have just been discarded and turn it into something of interest. This gave me an idea for my latest project for Lowe's Creative Ideas. The theme is mums! As I'm sure you're aware chrysanthemums are one of the most popular plant purchases this time of year. The look great and offer a bushy burst of color which blends well with the Autumn season. Today I'll show you a few of the items I'm using for the project. The mum planting has all been completed but I'm waiting for a couple of the mums to break from their buds.
Before I show you what I'm using for this project here are a couple tips for buying mums:
- When buying mums buy them while still in bud (before flowering) so that you can enjoy the blooms longer.
- Perennial mums come back each year so don't throw them away, plant them in a holding area or in your garden for next year!
Here's the old wheelbarrow. It was my dad's wheelbarrow for a long time until we bought him a wheelbarrow for father's day. His old wheelbarrow was rusting out at the bolt holes and was just getting old from frequent use. A good sturdy wheelbarrow is a necessity for any gardener.
I bought several different colors of mums from Lowe's but also wanted to add some asters. Asters are another great fall blooming option if you don't want to go with the mums.
I'll show you how I put all these together soon in our mailbox garden for our fall mum display. As soon as they are all in peek bloom I'll be out there with my camera!
If you would like a $50 gift card to Lowe's to do a similar project all you have to do is comment below on this post or my next post for Lowe's Creative Ideas before the end of Saturday October 6th, 2012 and tell me what is your favorite way to use mums in the garden? We'll have a drawing this weekend and one lucky person will be shopping at Lowe's very soon! Don't forget to follow The Home Garden on Facebook!
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