Favorite or New Plant
Petunia 'Limbo Violet'
An All America Selections winner, 'Limbo Violet' differs from other single petunias in its unique combination of large flowers on a compact plant. The habit is restricted, and 'Limbo Violet' becomes a mound which, at times, is completely covered with blossoms. The ultimate plant size is only 6 to 7 inches tall, spreading 10 to 12 inches, making it perfect for small space gardens or formal gardens requiring neat, tidy plants. 'Limbo Violet' produces 3-inch, dark violet blooms all season long. I especially like this plant because it recovers quickly from wet, rainy weather. These beauties need no pinching, making the plants virtually maintenance-free. It's a winner in my garden!
Clever Gardening Technique
Winter Storage for Garden Stakes and Pots
My garden shed is crowded with tools and supplies so I can't afford to be careless about storage habits if I expect to be able to step inside without tripping. Here are two winter storage tips that allow me to keep a path clear.
To keep my garden stakes neatly organized, I store them in tall 30- or 36-inch clay chimney flue tiles. I prefer the rectangular tiles to the round ones because the rectangular ones tuck into corners and fit tightly side by side. As I gather the stakes in the fall, I sort them by size and material. Bamboo goes into one set of tiles, metal in another.
Finding space to store pots is also a problem, so I keep as many as I can in one of those ready-made, shed-type enclosures for garbage cans. The addition of a shelf inside increases the storage space. When the garbage bin is full, I put the rest of my pots on shelves attached to the outside of the shed. Terra-cotta pots are sturdier than you might think. Just be sure to store them upside-down to prevent water -- which expands as it freezes -- from collecting inside and cracking or splitting the pots. To prevent plastic pots from blowing away, I stack them into 2- to 3-foot towers and weigh each stack down with a terra-cotta pot.