I attribute most of my plant interest to my Mom and my grandmother. I spent time with both of them growing up, walking around the yard and watering plants while learning their names. My mom has always had really nice pots of plants along the front walkway to the house and covering the front porch of the house where I grew up.
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This year is no exception.
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The front yard is shaded pretty heavily by a large River Birch tree. It makes for a great location to grow many different plants. This year there are containers with sweet potato vines, asparagus ferns (my mom's favorites), marigolds, elephant ears and other foliage plants.
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I really like this combination for it's variety of textures and colors. Job well done, Mom!