What plants do you grow? What are your challenges?
I don't use any chemicals in the garden, just fertilize with aged manure (thanks to the horses) and lots of water, when it's hot. We have hot, dry summers and long, cold winters, so in zone 4, I have a limited number of plants that will grow. On top of that, I don't plant anything that is poisonous to the visiting kids, my horses, the barn kitties, and the occasional visiting dog. Also, no pests to speak of, except the few deer, but they're pretty cute and I try to outsmart them, whenever possible (LOL)
What are your gardening challenges? Do you grow a large variety of plants, or a few favorites, repeated around the garden?
I really like the way the gardens have turned out so far. I use some old-fashioned roses, with herbs in front, lots of butterfly bushes, lilacs, blueberry bushes, raspberries, sunflowers, cosmos, petunias, pansies, sweet woodruff, columbine, bee balm, lots of lavender and catmint, star jasmine and a few fruit trees. Also have some hyacinths, daffodils, clematis and a few peonies. While these aren't completely safe plants, most have been around for a few decades, and haven't seemed to be a problem, so far.