This is my Echinacea plant! I love daisies and sunflowers so this was a "must have" for my garden this year!! I love the striking contrast between the "bright" purple flowers and the green foliage (which, of course, you can't get the full effect with the picture).
I first saw echinacea from one of my Mom's friends who happens to have an herb garden and I was rather inpressed with it's size and beauty! I've been hooked ever since!
They were easy to grow too! Just planted the seeds in rows and water! No thinning of the plants required!!! I love easy maintenance!
These are just a few of the marigolds that I planted from seed. They have gotten so big and smell so good!! I've heard that marigolds deter certain bugs so I'm glad to have them!! I've been deadheading the flowers AFTER they have dried on the plant and am saving the seeds for next summers garden! I think I'll have more than enough!! :o)
I think the best plants for a garden are ones that are given to you or that you find and dig up from your property!! My Mom has had beautiful gardens where many of the plants were given to her! Each plant is a reminder of the person who gave it to you, or maybe it's a memory of a certain place. Either way, they are very special to you!