This is a big thing for me, because I Hate Yardwork. No, really. I'll split and haul a cord of wood before I'll mow the lawn. But I want the yard to look nice(r), and since there's no Magic Yardwork Fairy, it's up to us. And since I refuse to put forth that much effort and get nothing out of it, I want dye plants. (I would not want to eat anything grown in my front yard.) I've narrowed it down to:
|Dyer's Coreopsis||yellow, gold, brown|
|Hardy hibiscus (Rose mallow)||reds, purples|
|St John's Wort||green, red, purple, yellow|
That should give me a wide enough range of colors yielded to be interesting. They all like sunny soil and a couple thrive on neglect, too, so I'm liking that. Several are annuals, but you can collect the seeds and save them for next year, so that's okay. Seeds aren't that expensive, anyway. I can also get a composting bin from the city if I get really crazy and decide to compost as well.
I've never grown anything in my life. I like animals better than plants because they complain louder when they need something. Plants are all passive-aggressive and just wilt and die rather than actually do anything to get your attention. This should be an interesting experiment. If all else fails, I'll plant a hardy, likes-to-be-ignored-and-will-grow-in-any