Take a Tour of My Mississippi Spring Garden

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My little plot of land in Brandon MS provides a very small space for a garden. In fact, when I moved here a few years ago, absolutely nothing was planted in the back yard. The front was filled with crepe myrtles, Indian Hawthorn, Lorapetalum,  and a Japanese Maple; all of which I loved, but the back yard is where I spend my time.

So before I even moved in, I brought some potted daylilies from my previous home and built a new daylily bed. It gives me such pleasure in May and June. The blooms replenish themselves each year and though the initial planting was labor intensive, I am rewarded with the steady supply of blooms in late spring. As the plants multiply, I have added daylilies around my mailbox and on one side of the house.

Crimson Day LilyPink Daylily

Orange DaylilyTwo pink lilies

Three day liliesMy favorite crimson red lily

Because I have such a small yard, and because Central Mississippi soil can be full of "Yazoo Clay", most of my flowers are in containers. My patio is filled with pots! This year I decided to try my luck with a few vegetables, so I have even MORE pots than usual.


The photo above shows my blooming squash with its heart shaped leaves and bright yellow blossoms. The plant has about six baby squash that I'm excited to harvest when the time is right. Behind the squash is purple basil (because I admired the color) and a pot of Marigold to keep pests out of my garden.

I am known as the Plant Lady in my neighborhood, and exchange plants with neighbors and friends. I've also donated many potted plants to the seniors at the nearby Assisted Living Facility.

Flaming Katy

The plant above is a succulent called Kalanchoe. The common name is much easier to remember. It's Flaming Katy. I've only recently learned its name and how to care for it. It's been lucky to survive and it has even provided me with baby offspring to share!

Purple Heart

The purple plant above is called Purple Heart. It's also known as Purple Queen and Spiderwort. It is a perennial, meaning it comes back every year. I move my potted plants to the garage or the house so they have a better chance of surviving the winter. But if planted in the ground, this plant should reward you again and again in the spring.

Petunia lookalike

The plant above closely resembles a Petunia, but it is a hybrid called Petchoa. It is very hardy and loves the sunshine. It has vibrant blooms that are right at home on my back porch. Creeping Jenny is the trailing plant in front.

The next plant is a Canna, also known as Canna Lily. It is a "free" plant because I transplanted it from my daughter-in-law's yard. I dug it up in early spring when the ground was still soft and wet, and it is thriving in its potted home.

Yellow Canna

I have SO many more plants, but I think you get the idea. This is not a formal garden, and there is not rhyme or reason to my plants. If it blooms, it works! 

This fall, I'm excited to add to my collection as my best friend and I have planned a trade. She will get some of my dark crimson daylily plants (my favorite!) and I'll have Stargazers to find a new home for.

I inherited my love for plants from both grandmothers, all my aunts and my mom. My grandmothers would get a new plant and plop it anywhere in the yard. So does my mom, which makes it terribly difficult to mow. My dad and brothers have been scolded many a time for cutting down a flower. At least mine are either potted or in an appropriate flower bed, for the time being, anyway!

Comments (29)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Just too lovely for words, Pat. You clearly have "the touch." I love flowering plants.

May 27, 2023 06:23 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thank you!

May 27, 2023 08:46 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is such a beautiful garden and I am glad that you chose to share it with us!  I am sure that it keeps a smile on your face!

May 27, 2023 06:27 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thanks Brian England. I go to the garden every day to check on the plants, make sure they have enough water and tend to whatever they need. They DO bring a smile to my face. :-)

May 27, 2023 08:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Pat, for sharing your garden photographs.

Have a very special holiday weekend.

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May 27, 2023 08:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, LOVE all the color you have, and you do have quite a few pots!  No wonder you are called the Plant Lady!   Thanks for sharing, you have done a great job.

May 27, 2023 09:43 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I do have a bunch of pots and am afraid to count them Joan Cox 

May 27, 2023 08:51 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are all wonderful flower photos, Pat.  The blossoms this year seem to be outdoing themselves in so many parts of the country.

May 27, 2023 06:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Pat, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 27, 2023 06:51 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat! I take many photos of my plants, but mostly the daylilies. They put on a beautiful show every year.

May 27, 2023 08:54 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Oh how I would love to have your talent for picking just the right flowers!  You have a Green Thumb! Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty 

May 27, 2023 07:13 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Diana Dahlberg I love ALL the flowers! I wish I had room for more. :-)

May 27, 2023 08:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, I KNEW your garden was gorgeous and you certainly didn't disappoint, my friend! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your blooms and learned that there is a 'sister' to the popular Petunia. Who knew there was such an animal - the Petchoa?! I definitely have to be on the lookout for those as petunias are so hardy and I love the color variety of them.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful Mississippi spring garden, Pat! 🌺

May 28, 2023 07:36 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thank you so much my friend! Debe Maxwell, CRS 

The Petunia and Petchoa are doing well. Both hold up well in the dry spell we are currently having. Nothing beats the beauty of my day lilies, though I may be partial. This pic is from yesterday.

Orange day lilies 2

May 28, 2023 09:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

OH wow! I do love Day Lilies too, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - they are just so hardy and striking at the same time. Those are just gorgeous!

May 28, 2023 09:14 PM
Shelly Russon
Momentum - Kaysville, UT
Utah's Hometown Realtor

Fun post Pat! Loved seeing all of your flowers. You clearly have the right touch. I just potted some plants at home so great to see some other options.

May 29, 2023 07:49 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Beautiful blooms Pat!  Love your green thumb.  And good for you for sharing your blooms and donating to a senior center.   That clay soil is a beat to deal with sometimes.  I remember it well when living in Huntsville, AL!  I tried t plant a garden and my carrots fit on my daughter's Barbie doll plates!  That was the end of my garden.  Especially since I treated the soil, composting it for 2 years prior to that!   You're pots are a perfect solution!

May 29, 2023 11:37 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi Shelly Russon You will have many options. Just be sure to check your local nurseries to see which plants grow best in your area.

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ Thank you for the comments. I also compost a small amount of greens and browns to supplement the soil. The compost bin is small and out of sight from my neighbors, so they never know. :-)

May 29, 2023 12:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Good for you Pat!


May 29, 2023 01:13 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a beautiful selection of plants and color. Any plant that brings joy is worth having and panting. I have heard of most of your plants, but not all. That is what I love about gardening is discovering new plants. 

May 31, 2023 06:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How beautiful! Your plants are all so healthy and gorgeous! Great job!

Jun 01, 2023 04:58 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I stopped by to leave a comment from Roy's blog. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 01, 2023 02:50 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You have made maximum use of your space with n abundance of colors. Daylilies are easy and we also have them in various parts of the yard.

Jun 01, 2023 06:26 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thank you all for visiting my page. My daylilies continue to put on a show. They make me so happy! And yes, Ed Silva they are easy to care for.


Jun 01, 2023 07:16 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - you have such a lovely garden! It didn't take me long or to get to the very end to realize we share a common passion about flowers in our gardens. My humble beginnings with garden planting began with my grandmothers too! What you have shown us and all homeowners is that you don't have to have a lot of yard to produce beauty using nature's finest plants mixed in with human love and passion. I rely on perennials but always add something new. This year, I planted 3 lily plants and the first one that bloomed for me this year was the red ones under your window in your top left corner. Pat, everything looks so neat and tidy. it must be a joy to see the results of all your efforts. Thanks for explaining the hybrid to the Petunias. The color is bold and beautiful! As I stared at it I thought yours looked so different from what grows here in Flower Mound. The Petchoa is lovely! I wish you a very happy growing season and I love what you are doing to give back to the seniors, assisted living folks, and having a neighborhood exchange. Your ideas and creativity is absolutely amazing! 

Jun 04, 2023 02:54 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . I remember your entry for the Shower Power May Challenge and those beautiful blue flowers that grow in your yard. Everything you do is with heart and I appreciate you more than you'll ever know.

Jun 04, 2023 03:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

What a beautiful garden...I'm sorry I missed this during the Challenge. Daylilies are a favorite of mine - I love the variety of colors and some are wonderfully fragrant...and they spread so nicely.


Jun 08, 2023 04:29 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It's quite all right Jeff Dowler, CRS, that you are late to the party. The flowers are still blooming but they won't last much longer. The daylilies are a favorite of mine, too. The marigolds aren't looking very healthy but the petunias are still bright as is the Petchoa. When the Mexican Petunias start blooming, I'm sure I'll share photos of them. It should be soon, I hope!

Jun 08, 2023 05:30 PM