New hillside garden

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

We had a garage put in about 5 yrs ago - they had to jack hammer into
the rocky hillside to make a flat spot for it. I've been trying to rid it of weeds
for several years and am finally getting it planted now. I put in the dwarf
conifers last fall and added a variety of geramiums this summer. You can
see its a work in progress!
Tam

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Here's a few more shots - I've got a couple of iris and annuals in there too.

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

And one last one. We got almost no rain in May and June. I was
wondering if I was insane to plant there. The nearest water source
is quite a hike. We've gotten about 8.5" of rain since the end of
June so things are a bit easier now! Whew!
Tam

Thumbnail by Tammy
Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Oh, Tam, this is exciting. It's going to be beautiful. Keep us posted.

Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)


Tammy--looks like a great project! Love your idea for little iris...and don't forget to order some tiny narcissus and other iris bulbs for your spring garden. They would be really pretty in there, too. t.

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Great idea! I have a bunch of windflowers (anemones) tucked in there
(I put them in last fall). The bright yellow of narcissus would be a welcome
to spring too.
Tam

Keene, NH(Zone 5a)

tammy- missed these pictures until now! you'll have fun filling the spaces! nothing like new space in the garden. you have lots of slope, don't you....we do too here- and lots of rock. how perfect that youve gotten the rock garden bug. i'm a mini iris fan too- besides the sdb's or pumillas which always get me, been meaning for several years to order some really interesting sounding irises (ones i've never heard of before, anyway) from "odyssey bulbs"..have you ever gotten anything from them?? watchdog gives them a good rating- this year for sure, i'll order something- i've been too late in years past- so, yikes, NOW.......

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

I'll check into Odyssey bulbs. I've not ordered from them.

And I certainly do have a lot of slopes! I just didn't think I'd
be able to get anything but that awful crown vetch to grow
on the hillside. But I dug it out (over & over & over) and found
there's a bit of soil in there (along with lots of rocks). Its
really steep so I have to make planting pockets with the
rocks to secure enough dirt. More bulbs would be fun!

This project is not one I'll finish in one year. but I'll update as
I get major changes.

Tam

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

A picture with the bulbs starting to bloom.

Thumbnail by Tammy
(Zone 6a)

Very nice Tammy! Are those hyacinths?
Now you make me wish I had a rock garden!
It looks so fun! If you don't have any yet, be sure to plant dianthus there.
It'll probably do quite well.

Steve

Central, UT(Zone 5b)

Lookin good Tammy! You are so lucky to actually have a hillside and all that native rock. That's quite the view looking out over the valley.

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Thanks Steve & Ally.

yep - hyacinth & anemone blanda so far. And I've got a bunch of little dianthus going from seed now.
(I planted some on the "upper" half of this hillside and they have self seeded.) I'm planting more! Plus
helianthemum and geranium (several going from seed plus I picked up some from a wonderful nursery
in Amish country Lancaster County).

Tam

(Zone 6a)

Helianthemum is great for those hot dry places.....We put one in our garden on the side our house last summer where it gets very hot and dry and it grew great. I can't wait to see what colour it is this year! I think my dianthus might have self seeded on me last year too, although I haven't seen any of the little plants this year. I'll have to check tomorrow if we don't get that snow we're supposed to. You could also try mini dafs? they're so cute!

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Steve,

I ordered bulbs with some friends and screwed up! I ordered hawera and then forgot & gave them to one of my
friends (we both thought she ordered them). I love daffodils. Next year.

Tam

(Zone 6a)

Tammy,

That stinks! You could though, use those little mini yellow dafs that are always in grocery stores and WM. They work great! Just let them dry up and die back after they flower and then plant out the bulbs. Thats what I did and come they come up great next spring. They're just coming into flower now.

ttys,
Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

That's cheating. LOL

I think I'll just wait 'til fall. I've planted over a 1000 bulbs a year for 8yrs.
If it weren't for the deer, squirrels & other misc critters, I'd be totally out
of places to plant any more. So I'm kinda glad I have something new to
plant this fall.

Tam
(Yes. I am a bulb-a-holic).

(Zone 6a)

Holy! Thats alot! I usually just buy a bag or 2 each fall and maybe a few in the spring :) I would plant alot if I could, but when it comes down to it....I don't really have the room. The mini daff I have is 'Tête-à-Tête'. It's very cute. Those pesky squirrels can be so annoying! The other day they ate half of a freshly planted lily....I checked with the lily forum people and it should be alright though.

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

I have tete-a-tete on another hillside garden :-)

Thumbnail by Tammy
(Zone 6a)

Oh, wow! Thats really nice looking there!

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Oh you are so kind! Its a steep hillside I realized I could not mow so planted with roadside daylilies, and all
sorts of rugged plants. That's what those tall stalks are from.
Tam

(Zone 6a)

It does look good! I just have one clump of this and one clump of that. Which I think I'm going to work on this year....getting more of the same things, cause my garden will probably look better that way. Do you have any other daylilies beside the roadside ones?

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Oh yes! I have been stuffing daylilies in various gardens (though I did not keep track of names.)
I have a number of dayliles along the rocky hillside. You'll see 'em when they are blooming this summer
if you keep an eye on this thread.

Thank you!!!
Tam

(Zone 6a)

I'll make sure I keep an eye on this thread. I just went to a garden show today in Burlington Ont. and I picked up daylily(root) 'destined to see' it's really nice and almost blue in the center! I hope it blooms this year.

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Here's an update - pictures of the rocky hillside gardens as they mature.

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Different perspective

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

A close-up of Hieracium Maculatum. I'm really happy with this little cutie I got from a Hardy Plant
Society Seed Exchange last year. It started blooming about a month ago and seems to be
picking up strength (in bloom) every day. The folliage is a lovely mottled green. I have seed if
anyone wants some - saved from the blooms I got last year (planted in troughs).

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

The hillside on the other side of the garage - planted with lilies and dayliles (and lots of bulbs, sedum,
penstomen hirsutus & smallii, and heliathamum). Right now the lilies & daylilies are stealing the show.

Thumbnail by Tammy
North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Wow that looks amazing after just a year - what a great site! Well it looks good from where I'm sitting...! I bet it was hard work but it has masses of potential. Well done!

Wheatfield, NY(Zone 6a)

Tammy, wow, that's come a long way. It's amazing what you've done with it. Beautiful!

gram

Keene, NH(Zone 5a)

hey Tam- I've just been waaay tooooo busy since when- I don't know---as soon as spring came- which was right after I saw you at the flower show- which really was so great- and I'm embarrassed that I haven't checked in to tell you! I still hope to see your place one day! - your hillside is coming right along- those lilies make me jealous- mine are struggling with those little red lily beatles that have worked their way into our area in the last few years- whew! they are awful!! so that little plant with the yellow flowers and mottled foliage is Heiracium maculatum?...somewhere in the back of my mind I was thinking it was a senicio...it grows and multiplies quite freely here--sometimes a bit too freely- and I make sure to cut the flowers down- the foliage is great though. The problem I'm having with my garden as a whole, and the rock garden in particular (that's why I can't post any pictures) is that I work in other people's gardens and hardly have time to work in mine!- sarah

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Thanks Sarah! It was terrific to meet you.

Thankfully no lily beetles (yet) here. I'll keep an eye on the hieracium then too!
Tam

(Zone 6a)

Hey, your gardens coming along great Tammy! Love the lilies and daylilies! It's all looking very good!

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Thanks Steve!

Here's a more recent picture with the daisy's in bloom

Tam

Thumbnail by Tammy
(Zone 6a)

Wow! Looking good! Sorry I took so long to reply.

Steve

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

No problem! Its always fun to hear positive reinforcement!

I just keep stuffing more onto the hill & its really looking lush. I have plans
to work on the upper part of that hill this fall - clear out the junk shrubs/trees
and prepare for some pretty ericaceous shrubs.
Tam

(Zone 5a)

Your hillside rock garden is looking really good! Wish I had so much space for mine! My favorite "mini" daffodil is 'Jetfire' - it's yellow and orange, a great combo!

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Thank you! I love Jetfire too! I ordered a bunch of orange/red daffodils for planting this fall.

Tam

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

I had the camera out today so took a few pic's of the hillside plantings. The Sedum are blooming.
I believe this is Vera Jamison.

Thumbnail by Tammy
Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

The geraniums & verbena have been blooming all summer. The
Mum's my dad gave me are starting to bloom now too.

Thumbnail by Tammy
West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Tammy, your place is beatiful! I hope you don't mind if I borrow your thread to bounce a few questions your way... I have a small hillside that appears to be about as steep as yours, and I haven't had much luck searching for plants suited for a hillside. It's slowly dawning on me that I can use a lot of the stone around here to my advantage on this hill. Are there plants you would 'rule out' for a hillside? And would clusiana tulips be suitable for planting among stones? I see on another thread that other species tulips are...
If you can think of any sites or other resources to get started, I'd sure appreciate it. So far, just looking at pictures of gardens has been the best source of ideas. There may be not as much to it as I'm thinking, I guess I'm just a little wary of making mistakes. I can easily imagine the whole bed washing downward in one of our rainstorms, but I guess that's what rocks would help with? I have a bunch of pieces of this flat-ish red shale I plan to insert perpendicular-ly to the slope, does that make sense?
Thanks for any input. I suppose I should look at the Bookworm tab,too. Mike

By the way, I think it's really neat to have a 'real' name for a user name, I didn't bother trying LOL

Post a Reply to this Thread

Please or sign up to post.
BACK TO TOP