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This is one of those lemons/lemonade things.
For some reason, none of our Asparagus survived this winter. I don’t know if I hadn’t planted them deep enough or if the winter was too bitterly cold, or if there was a disease or fungus or whatever. But no Asparagus.
So…after looking at that empty bed for a few weeks, waiting and waiting, I decided to dig. At first I was digging to see if there was anything happening down below. When I found all of the Asparagus gone (DOA) I decided to really start digging.
I get excited when there is a blank space in the garden because it’s so fun to plan an new garden area and to make it happen. This new space is between a peach tree and the grape arbor. At the back is a 6′ wooden fence and large rocks in the front. A blank canvas.
I wanted something that would grow tall in the back, taller than the fence but not tall enough to shade the grape vines on the arbor. I wanted something in the mid-range in the middle and a little shorter closer to the front. Then much smaller plants in the very front.
On top of all that, I wanted plants that would have a long bloom time and be long lived. In other words, a permanent bed. I don’t like spending a lot of money on annuals that have to be re-planted each and every year.
I chose Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon, Hardy Hibiscus, Althea are other names) for the back. They will grow to about 8-9′ and bloom all Summer and Fall.
In front of the Hibiscus I decided to use Centranthus ruber (Jupiter’s Beard) since it can get to about 4′ easily and blooms from Spring through Fall. A very tough and beautiful plant and so easily grown.
In front of the Centranthus I used Garden Phlox. It too has a long bloom time and is very easy to grow. It will reach about 30″.
For the very front I planted Snapdragons. They aren’t perennials but they have re-seeded freely in my garden so I think I can could on them to re-appear each year.
On each side of this bed is a stand of Hollyhocks which re-seeded a few years ago and I just let them stay.
Now the fun of watching and waiting. It’s one thing to plan it all out and know what each plant is supposed to do, but waiting and watching for the magic to happen is part of the joy of gardening.
In case you don’t know, a perennial is a plant that comes back year after year, getting bigger and more beautiful each year. With perennials it’s sleep, creep, leap. They don’t do much the first year but gather strength. The second year they will began to put on more growth and the third year they take off.
The cooler temperatures have me searching the nursery sites and catalogs for some of my favorite plants. If you plant perennials now they will have a head start in the spring because they will have a stronger root system.
Here is a list of some of the plants in our yard and so I can vouch for their beauty and ease of growing. In my yard it’s survival of the fittest so if they don’t do well they kind of drop by the wayside on their own. There are so many more plants than this but these are some of my favorites.
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) (semi-shade)
Centranthus (Jupiter’s Beard)
Campanula – Canterbury Bells
We’re in zone 6 and so this is what we can have in our yard. I use to live in zone 8 where I could have Angel Trumpets, Crape Myrtle, Plumbago,Hibiscus, Citrus Trees, Palm Trees and Gardenias.
I really do miss the Natchez Crape Myrtles. They were so big and graceful… but I couldn’t have peonies there.
Do you have any favorites in this list?
From time to time I’ll be posting pictures of plants in my yard that I don’t have a clue as to what they’re called.
Before I moved out here I’d gardened in Florida and Tennessee and knew about a few plants, especially my favorites, Natchez crape myrtles, Plumbago, Oleander, Angel Trumpet, Plumeria, Sentolina, and Hibiscus. But when I came out here I realized there were a LOT of plants I’d never heard of nor seen. When I started putting in the perennial beds I’d get starts and cuttings from friends and sometimes they didn’t know what they were called. I found some seeds I’d gathered a few years earlier in Tennessee and planted those even though I don’t know what they are, just that the plant was pretty. They look like miniature hollyhocks with light lavender blossoms. I’m a seed gatherer and it’s hard to identify plants this way sometimes but it makes life interesting.
Anyway, I’ll be asking for help with my mystery plants.
Maybe you have some mystery plants you’d like to post pictures of and we’ll see if we can stump the real gardeners out there.