Instant flower Garden

Preseeded Flower Rolls - These instant gardens are available at www.lakesidecollection.com for less than $3 each. it sure is enticing, but I am wondering if they are as wonderful as they appear, do you know?
@Modestah (11192)
United States
May 3, 2007 3:17am CST
We've all seen them, the advertisements - usually in a flyer stuck in the Sunday paper - for pre seeded mats that you simply unroll, put a little soil over and water...they always depict bright and vibrant flowers profusely covering an entire garden or path... Have you ever tried them? were you pleased or disappointed in the results? why?
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
3 May 07
We got one of those for shade years ago and I left it to my son to care for. It seemed to be coming up ok, and then as the plants grew we realised there were only a certain few types of plants that were produced. They were healthy enough and ok. I think like any other garden, the snails liked a crtian type, ate them, and then left the rest.
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@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
3 May 07
I really doubt that they work most seeds do better if you start them indoors. A flower bed or garden is alot of work. I have been working on mine for years. I like perennials because they come back year after year. The cost more but they are worth it. You can also devide them and spread them out as they grow larger. I also pinch off alot of the flowers so they grow larger. Sorry what was your question again? I'm babbling I better go!
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• United States
3 May 07
Yes I have used a couple differant ones. The last one I used worked very well. It even made a hybird flower that to this day still comes back. the mat I bought was for annuals. I took one of the plants to our local nursery and they said it was foliage of one flower and flowers of another. I think they work rather well as long as you follow instructions, But I prefer prennials and the only ones I have seen are for annuals.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
3 May 07
the above mentioned website does have perennials listed but they are bulbs for the day lilies, I suppose it would be a little difficult to embed the rolled up mats with bulbs...hehe.
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• United States
3 May 07
i'd never tried,though i'd thought about it-i did wonder if the flowers would be crowded close seeded like that. a neighbor did have them in her flowerboxes tho-she cut them into strips.it seemed to come up pretty well for her.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
7 May 07
Haven't tried them....yet. But my hubby makes mention of them often, wondering if they would really work. He knows how much I love all kinds of flowers so he always notices these things. But I have found in life, that when something is too good to be true, it usually is. I did notice however, that a few of your responses were favorable for this, so I'm encouraged about it. I live in the country so I don't think it would work for me as well, but my mom lives in a subdivision and has a smaller yard with flower "beds" fixed and it may be just what she needs. She loves flowers, but can't at her age tend to them like she used too. Great discussion A++++
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
5 May 07
I think the reason they work for some people and not for everyone is due to the soil you're working with. I haven't tried instant flower garden because we had too many jack pine/spruce trees in our yard they were old, ugly and took all the goodness out of the soil. We have taken the trees out and planted two apple trees. We still need more good soil put down and after that is done we plan to try the instant flower garden. I've seen them before and where the soil was good they did wonderful.
@skbadhan (881)
• India
5 May 07
though i haven't seen such gardens and never heard before about this concept in india yet, but i have gathered a lot of imformation about the topic thanks for nice discussion.
4 May 07
i have not tried them yet but have seen one or two and have been thinking about buying so do you think it is worth it? the photo's look lovely.