I am not a serious gardener. I do not test my soil; have a shed full of fertilizers or a myriad of gardening tools. And, I cannot wax philosophically about the pros and cons of plant characteristics. I buy plants that speak to me (metaphorically, I am not that crazy – yet) and plant them where they are pleasing to the eye. If they are happy — great! If not, I move them. If they survive –good! If not, I buy a different plant. If they are a vegetable and I’m able to harvest some food – better still!
I enjoy being outside digging in the soil or relaxing while communing with my garden friends (again, metaphorically… I’m not really having a conversation with the garter snake –yet).