The Big Idea: Garden wisely; you'll reduce maintenance. "I admit that I'm lazy," confesses Cathy, who loves the charm window boxes offer but hates watering. Make life easier by selecting carefree plants such as begonia, lantana, sweet potato vine, and geranium.
Takeaway Tip: Choose items that work double duty. To fertilize the garden each spring and fall, Cathy mulches with truckloads of compost from Alabama's own Captain Compost (captaincompostalabama.com) and adds in cow manure. This improves the soil, reduces weeds, and helps retain moisture. To give her roses an extra boost, she feeds with Bayer Advanced All-In-One Rose & Flower Care once a month from spring through fall.