Weekend Garden Notes: Tuteur, Iris, Allium
Voila, Le Tuteur!
Today is lovely, sunny and cool, which makes up partly for yesterday, which was cloudy and cold. It didn’t rain though, so at the conclusion of this weekend I feel almost caught up with staking, cutting back, weeding, etc. Close enough to caught up, anyhow, to prevent total panic.
One accomplishment was putting together the 7′ tuteur I ordered from The Gardener’s Supply Company. It’s been sitting in the garage since February, where it has been reminding me of its presence by tripping me every couple of weeks. Anyhow, it only took about 20 minutes to construct, and I’m quite pleased with it.
My plan is to grow ‘Heavenly Blue’ Morning Glories on the tuteur. We had these the first year of our garden at this house and loved them, but for some reason haven’t grown them since then. It will be the new focal point for the driveway bed.
One of the new perennials I planted last fall was Roof Iris (Iris tectorum). I am not an Iris enthusiast, but this was a plant I learned about in my groundcovers class at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is a low-growing, low-maintenance Iris that spreads by rhizomes. It does well in sun or shade (though not deep shade). I planted it in my east bed, where I hope it will fill in around the Red Elderberries (Sambucus racemosa).
Well, my roof iris are blooming for their very first spring! The blue and lilac blooms are quite pretty, I think. I also appreciate the sword-like foliage.
This plant was difficult to find; I ended up ordering it from Plant Delights Nursery. It is supposed to be enjoyed by slugs (not a problem here, but be warned) and avoided by deer. By the way, I had a much better title for this section, which was Raise The Roof (Iris), but Judy objected. Also, the common name comes from the practice in Japan and China of planting this iris in thatch roofs.
Alliums in Bloom
I have two kinds of Alliums, ‘Globemaster’, and ‘Purple Sensation’. Both have been naturalizing. ‘Purple Sensation’ has grown from a clump to a drift about 4′ long, with many immature plants sending up their oniony leaves but not yet blooming.
‘Purple Sensation’ mixes well with Brunnera (Brunnera macropylla) and is nicely placed in front of a dwarf Black Chokeberry bush (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Iroquois Beauty’), which blooms at the same time.
The flowers on my ‘Globemaster’ are smaller than they used to be, which probably means I should be dividing the bulbs after the foliage fades. About four feet tall, they are a majestic Allium.
What kind of structures (tuteurs, arbors, pergolas, etc.) do you use in your garden, and what do you have growing on them?