Where The Bulbs Are
There comes a point with every garden where it starts getting difficult to figure out where to put all the plants that you (meaning, in this case, I) must have. It’s kind of like the irresistible mass meets the inflexible property line.
This happened with my most recent order of bulbs – not the Tulips that go in containers, but the others that will go in the ground. It wasn’t too bad with the Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) and Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaerocephalon). Those went into the front of the Sidewalk Border, where the Wild Geranium blooms in May and June before starting to die back (usually) in late summer.
Glory-of-the-Snow should bloom in early April, just as the Wild Geranium is leafing out. And the Drumstick Alliums bloom in July, as the Wild Geranium is making its cranesbill seed pods. At 24″, the Drumstick Allium should be able to poke through the Geraniums and into the sunshine.
The Star of Persia Alliums (Allium christophii) were more of a challenge. I finally decided to plant them around the various Daylilies (Hemerocallis) growing along the east side of the Left Bank Bed. Star of Persia should bloom in May or June, while our Daylilies bloom in July and August. They should be tall enough that they won’t be shaded by the emerging Daylily foliage.
Finally, there were the Lilies. The ‘Sunny Morning’ Martagon Lilies went into the Back Garden Island Bed. I read they don’t necessarily bloom the first year, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Somehow I ended up ordering 10 ‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental Lilies. Of these, 5 went into the front corner of the Driveway Border, which is covered with ‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii). This should be excellent for sharing the fragrance with sidewalk passersby.
The other five went in the Back Garden in front of our ‘Sally Holmes’ rose.I’m a little concerned that this will obscure Sally, but she’s usually not doing much by August, anyways. I was careful not to plant these bulbs into the Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora), but rather into the odd mix of ground covers that surrounds Sally: Bishops Weed (Aegopodium podagraria), Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis), and Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense).
After this order of bulbs was all tucked away, I realized I needed to order some more Species Tulips and Camassia. I know just where to put them, I think.