Sally’s Passalong Flower and Herb Garden
My neighbors, Sally and Mark, have created a perfectly charming flower garden in their postage-stamp sized plot, the bed dotted with hand-painted rocks that call out the various herbs. The garden is largely made up of perennial passalong plants, a Southern tradition of sharing propagated plants with friends and family members.
Last fall, Sally and her mother Debby gutted the bed and enriched the soil. Then, they transplanted perennials from both Debby’s and Sally’s grandmother’s gardens.
To keep the full-sun, south-facing plot well hydrated in the hottest summer months, they installed a soaker hose set with stakes. Sally and Mark invested in a timer and set it to water the garden every day for 30 minutes at 6 a.m.
To make the garden markers, Sally’s mom wrote on the rocks with acrylic paint and sprayed them with an acrylic sealant.
Sally’s garden already looks lovely and I can’t wait to see how it matures in the coming months and seasons. I also love the idea of handing down perennial starts from generation to generation, the passalong tradition well established now in Sally’s family.