Common sense would dictate that I don’t require any garden beds to look after. This doesn’t end methat I am. My ailment is so awful that I occasionally look in my neighbor acreage and dream of what I could do with it. Because I have not even the smallest quantity of self control when it comes to backyard growth, I feel blessed that I have gained any understanding which will enable me to find out the means of doing this.
The distance that I have in mind is a 55′ stretch along the fence that bounds my backyard on the southern side. I am going to make the plot four feet wide, which will allow for convenient maintenance. There are several challenges involved. At the moment, the ground has nothing on it but an assortment of weeds that seem to be surviving on borrowed time in compacted soil. The western end of the bed gets a fair amount of sun, but the eastern end is thoroughly shaded by old deciduous trees. There is a large groundhog hole going under the fence at the midpoint of the space, and I have seen the maker of that hole on his nightly perambulations through the yard. Since he invariably follows a diagonal path to another hole that goes under the property’s rear fence, I am hoping that he will not notice the garden that I am building around him. However, I will lay in a supply of Ro-Pel just in case he makes other assumptions.
Some gardeners start with ideas about texture or specific plant forms, but I always start with color. Last summer, on a walk through a portion of the New York Botanical Garden I saw an inspiring color scheme–bright blue mophead hydrangea bushes juxtaposed with clumps of common tawny daylilies. The orange and the blue were wonderful foils for each other, and I decided right then and there that I would include the combination in my own garden. Since I love yellow everywhere, there will be some yellow touches in my new bed. To conserve time and energy I will use shrubs to fill some of the space, and tough perennials for as much of the rest as possible.
Taking advantage of a “three for a” sale back in January, I ordered three blue hydrangeas for a ridiculously low price. Eventually (in about five to ten years) each will be about six feet wide; together they will cover about 30% of the allotted space for the bed. In May, when we open up our summer cottage, I will dig up three well-established clumps of tawny daylilies from the thousands that grow wild on our property. The good thing about established clumps dug in May, is that if all goes well, they will transplant successfully and bloom beautifully in June. Even better, if they are happy they will spread, making future bed
Ferns love shade and a well-mulched bed, so I will purchase several ostrich ferns (Matteuccia) to plant in between the hydrangeas.The ferns will eventually attain a height of 3-5′,
Supplying a background that is great .
Should I try, I will find a lot of inexpensive spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana), that has profound bluish-purple blossoms and enjoys colour. Being a plant that is native that is rugged, the spiderwort are also
undemanding. For low-growing, simple groundcover plants, I will likely invest in some violets and lower celandines (Ranunculus ficaria). Undoubtedly I will use some hostas from the aspect of this bed that is new. They’re so common as to be a cliché, but they are helpful.
I am limiting my use of annuals in this storyline that is brand new, to spare myself function. There are lots of them so nobody can say that I do not enjoy their special charms. I will utilize baskets of begonias to fill in the gaps between the perennials. I have been to my garden centre and bought tubers which will create blossoms in shades of white, orange and yellow. Every tuber is living inside its own bud, in a windowsill. I search for signs of sprouting. It warms up, I must have some plants to place in terra cotta pots that are large. If things appear skimpy after the season gets going, I may put money into a level of those yellow impatiens.
So there you have it. After I have spent a couple of hours planting and mulching my bed, it all must take at the season is some water. I have the time to determine my next growth strategy and still can do this.