Friday, April 28, 2006Took advantage of the sunny, warm day to renovate this side bed - replaced the single trellis with two matching trellises, one with Clematis 'Princess Diana' and the other with 'Dr. Ruppel'. Also cut back the Caryopteris and spread mushroom compost around them and Loropetalums, then weeded the bed, thinned the lambs' ear, and spready pinestraw.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001Divided some of the lamb's ear and plugged around the edge of this bed. It should have enough time to get established before frost.
Friday, July 20, 2001Planted two caryopteris and three spiraea shrubs in the bed. I had planned to solarize the soil and wait until next spring to plant, but I just couldn't stand the bed being empty.
Monday, July 2, 2001Edged the bed with "walnut" colored landscaping blocks. Hauled in compost to raise the level of dirt.
Friday, June 29, 2001Dug up the irises. Half of them to Katie's, and the remaining half along the back fence.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Initial NoteThis is an existing bed on the west side of the drive, currently filled with irises. They're somewhat pretty when they're in bloom, but this bed is boring and ugly the remaining 11 months of the year. It is very poor soil (okay for the irises), but it can't be mulched (because of the irises), and it doesn't transition well to the driveway. All in all in need of a makeover.
Now's the time to dig up the irises and place them somewhere else, (but where?)
Surrounded by hard surfaces and lots of heat radiating from the driveway and brick wall, my goals for this bed are:
1. long-season interest with some soft, cool colors
2. a few pockets of yellow and/or pink to complement the daylilies that will be on the other side of the driveway
3. use some shrubby perennials that can transition to the front beds (when we get them done)
4. use plants that take the radiant heat and the hot air from the dryer vent.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001Ideas for plantings:
Caryopteris/Blue Mist Spirea - already have three growing; with any luck they'll be big enough to set out next spring.
Spirea, probably Bumalda 'Anthony Waterer' - three of these, too
Clematis - two trellises (but which kinds to plant??)
Lamb's Ear to edge the bed
Achillea (Yarrow) in yellow or pink (?) to fill in between the shrubs
Linaria/Butter & Eggs would be nice, but perhaps too much lacy silvery foliage.
Sedum matrona - will probably move my S. matronas from their current spot, since it isn't as well-drained as it should be.
Centranthus macrosiphon - an annual form of centranthus. Not available commercially in the U.S. - may have to try an international source, either purchase or trade.
My only concern is if this will be too much silvery foliage, with the lamb's ears....well, I have some time to mull it over and tweak the plantings before we actually get the bed done.
One other idea - take the broken bird bath and paint/stain it, and fill it with blue and white pansies this winter, then with Cynoglossum, Nemophilia and/or Sisyrinchium next spring to give the impression of water spilling out. I've been wanting to use this piece like that, but I can't really plant much in the middle of the yard, since the dogs will maul any plants.
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