|Azaleas beneath Bottle Brush Tree|
|Azalea beneath Lugustrum|
This brings me to another area of garden art. I told you I was stuck on this patio for now and that kept me in containers. This is good in some ways because it lets me be artistic with my plantings. I can play creatively with how I plant and each year is different from the year before. Did you ever notice how we seem to fall into that trap of planting the same thing the same way as we did the year before in the same place or nearly the same place or the nearly the same way? Breaking out of this pattern of sameness is good for us because it lets us express ourselves and have some fun with our plantings. Plant your strawberries in a pocket planter and tomatoes so they are vertical and hang upside down. This makes them so much easier to harvest as well. Plant your potatoes in a plastic bag! I searched a few of these out for you and looked for what I believed are real bargains and purchased myself. However, I do not spend more than an hour or so looking. If you are more dedicated, I suggest that you keep looking and use these to get a good head-start.