I Got Some More Plants
They were on sale, really. Also, I needed to take care of two problems. First was my Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) in the bed along the east side of the garage. The problem consisted of two parts.
Part one is that I keep putting in new Woodland Phlox plants and they keep dying. Not all of them, enough to prevent them from filling in the area I want filled.
Part two is that if they don’t die they are either chewed down to the ground by rabbits OR they wimp out on me during the heat of summer. Either way, I’m counting on them to be a groundcover, and they just aren’t covering the ground.
Sorry, Woodland Phlox, it’s just not working out. Sure, your blue flowers look great in spring, but then you fade away before you close the deal. I’m afraid we need to go in a different direction.
Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) is supposed to be an ephemeral, yet along the garage its foliage lasts all year. So I’m putting in another white Bleeding Heart to fill in the north end of this bed. I’m sure I can count on all of you to work as a team.
There’s another small shady bed along the path to the alley. This bed used to be full of Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus), a plant I found disappointing from the beginning. First, it was floppy. Second, it didn’t have all that many flowers. And third, it looked like it was starting to poop out (to use the scientific botanical term). So I dug it out this spring, and the bed has been lying dormant under a layer of wood chips all year.
Until now. This past weekend I filled this bed with the following: Dwarf Goatsbeard (Aruncus aethusifolius), Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), and a variegated Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’. Plus, I also planted a dwarf Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’. The Lenten Rose will provide multi-colored flowers in April, the Aruncus has white flower spikes in June and July, and the Beautyberry will have purple berries starting in August. Plus I think will be a nice mix of foliage through the year.
Did you plant any new perennials last weekend?