we did the tiniest bit of research into flowers recommended for our zone: how big they got, how much sun they needed, what colors they bloomed. we had a rough idea of the ones we liked before heading in to home depot.
we weren't too serious about making a hard-and-fast landscaping plan because we figured anything sold at our local home depot should theoretically do well in our zone. why would they sell flowers that wouldn't grow here?
i really wanted a wildflower-y feel to our garden. while that probably means a lot of research and carefully chosen plants, we chose to interpret it as let's go to the garden center and see what strikes our fancy!
in all fairness, there was a bit of confusion while choosing flowers: i thought we were choosing flowers for a small area of the beds. we'd go home, arrange that small part, and -- if we liked how it looked -- go back and buy a whole lot more of the plants we just purchased.
fish thought we were buying flowers for the whole garden. had i known that, i would have insisted on more of just a few types of plants rather than what we bought, which was just a few of a smorgasbord of different plants.
...aaand we still have a crapton of hostas from last year filling any voids.
no matter. our end result is very cheerful and colorful and casual --
just like me and fish!
we're still debating whether to mulch or not.
does anyone ever not mulch??
we think once all the flowers we planted mature a bit, not that much soil will be exposed anyway. and we don't really want the hassle of re-mulching every year (or however often you have to do it) for the rest of eternity.
or maybe it's not that much of a hassle??
i wonder how we'll feel about our hodge-podge layout next year.
do you change the layout of your garden a lot each year?
or just let your perennials grow where you've planted them?
i'll be ecstatic if the flowers make it through this year, much less come back!