Since I have seeds on the brain, and am in the midst of finalizing my orders, I started wondering how other gardeners determine which seeds to order. Do you all have methods to the selection process (because heavens there's a zillion choices)? Do you order off a wish list, just because the photo is pretty, with specific planting situations in mind, or stick with the tried and true/basic favorites?? or something else entirely?? Maybe you don't want to divulge?? I check "all of the above" for my method. I can see something striking in the catalog, read about it and if I think it could possibly grow in my garden, on the list it goes. The cup and saucer vine 'Cobaea scandens' was one of those choices.
It did so well and I loved it so much, it's on my list again this year. Of course I always order with my containers in mind. I have 'Thunbergia' (Black Eyed Susan Vine) on my list again this year because it makes a breathtaking focal point (smothering a trellis or obelisk quickly) in the center of a container:
The vine quickly tripled the size of my container and looked lovely combined with 'black and blue' Salvia and the double pink Oleander (among other plants). I won't repeat this container in 09 but I'll use the 'Thunbergia' in a similar manner. I also have to have my favorites:
I can't imagine my garden without these tried and true beauties. Lastly, I'll order (or maybe buy) off my wishlist those plants I've possibly seen and admired in your garden (that I don't have photos for yet). It's a complicated process, isn't it? Not nearly as simple as opening a catalog and writing down numbers. Good thing it's such an enjoyable pasttime, right?