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Limelight Hydrangeas and Japanese Anemone – How To Grow Perennials, When to Plant & How To Use In Landscape Gardens

Shady flower bed

Dogwood, Japanese Anemonies, Limelight Hydrangeas, Lamium and Sweet Woodruff by front porch.

When we bought our house a couple of years ago there was a small varigated Dogwood Tree beside the front porch with Sweet Woodruff and Lamium growing thickly under it. Late in the summer some pretty foliage started coming up. It only grew to be about a foot high and since I didn’t know what it was I just let it grow there. Since the foliage was so pretty and was coming up in little sprigs all through the Lamium I decided to move some of it around the yard. Most of these sprigs soon looked dead and I regretted moving them.

Since the Lamium is a low grower I planted Limelight Hydrangeas in front of the Dogwood. In September the little plant I didn’t recognize began to bloom and were beautiful. Well the next year those little plants, which I finally identified as Japanese Anemonies, grew huge and practically covered up the Hydrangeas.

The ones I had moved the year before had been just playing possum and they began to grow too. Now I’ve moved sprigs all over the garden. It’s a beautiful plant and still tries to outgrow the Hydrangeas but I’ve decided it’s survival of the fittest because I don’t want to move either of them. That next year too there were pink ones where there had just been white ones the first year. By the way, there is a Hydrangea behind that mass of white blooms.

I’ve since learned that they can be considered invasive but they are such a hardy plant and so pretty and best of all bloom in the fall when

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Perennial garden in back yard

almost everything else is finished up. I hope they invade my whole garden. Maybe I’d better be careful what I wish for.

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Shady Spaces in the Garden

 

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Hosta bed with 6 varieties of Hostas

Like a lot of others, we have a yard that has a combination of very sunny to very shady areas. The sunny areas are easy because so many plants do so well and have to have full days of sunshine. The challenge is finding plants that not only will tolerate the shade but will thrive and bloom in it.

Some shade loving plants are Astilbe, Ferns, Hydrangeas, Japanese Anemones, Bleeding Hearts, Rhododendrons, Pulmonaria, Lamium, Hostas and Japanese Maples. Then there are annuals like Tuberous Begonias and Impatiens that bloom in the shade. All of these plants are wonderful and we have almost all of them in our garden but I’m going to just focus on Hostas and their big, leathery leaves. Hosta foliage ranges from amazing blues through some of the most beautiful greens, all the way to yellow/green. Grown mostly for their beautiful foliage, they also bloom on tall stalks, some even have fragrant blooms.

Hostas vary in size from very large to pretty small so there is one for about any space available in the shady garden. A lot of people love these plants, but so do snails and slugs. The pests are easy to spot and pick off or justĀ  put out bait for them. Left alone though, they can turn hosta leaves into Swiss cheese.

Hostas like a moist (not wet), well drained soil and can take a few hours of sun, (morning being better than afternoon).

We have about 12 different varieties in our garden but my 2 favorites are Blue Angel, which is a giant, blue hosta, and Guacamole, which is a bright, beautiful shade of green and works well in darker areas to brighten them up.

Now is the time to plant hostas so they will be all ready to come up in the spring. Like any perennials, they will continue to get bigger and bigger and more beautiful each year.

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It’s Perennial Planting Time – Learn How to Garden & When to Plant Gardens

Lavendar, yarrow, delphinium and prunnella

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.

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Low growing Forget-Me-Nots and Sweet Woodruff,

LOW GROWING

Forget-Me-Nots

Creeping Phlox

Hyacinth

Pulmonaria (Lungwort) (semi-shade)

Prunnella

Lamium (semi-shade)

Sweet Woodruff

Nepeta (Catmint)

Lambsear

 

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Mid-growing plants - Mums and Wormwood (Artemesia) by picket fence

Tulips

Daffodils

Columbine

Sage

Chives

Astilbe (shade)

Heuchera (semi-shade)

Aster

Garden Phlox

Mums

Artemesia (Wormwood)

Agastache

Hosta

Salvia

Lavendar

Yarrow

 

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Tall growing roses - Queen Elizabeth roses can get 6-8' tall

Centranthus (Jupiter’s Beard)

Delphiniums

Daylilies

Echinacea

Irises

Peonies

Roses

Clematis

Campanula – Canterbury Bells

Foxglove (semi-shade)

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?

Flower bed and end of grape arbor.

 

Yarrow and roses

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Waiting on Garden Gates

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No Gate...yet

I know the name of this blog is Our Garden Gate but actually that is a misnomer since we don’t even have any garden gates. We DO have the picket fence and we DO have three entrances that are waiting for gates, but we have no gates yet. There is a very good reason for this, I’m sure, I just don’t know what it is. We don’t actually need gates around our garden since we aren’t trying to keep anyone or anything in or out except maybe deer and a gate would be useless there.

We have a lot of ideas about what kind of gates we want though so I will be doing a lot of research about gates and will post the results of my searches. I would really like to have, at least on the front gate (pictures below), an old Victorian closure. You may have seen the kind with a chain and heavy metal weight that pulls the gate closed automatically. The span is pretty wide though and that is a consideration. Since this is such an old house I think it would be fun to have at least the front gate like that.

The place for a gate on the south side of the garden (in the picture above) has an arbor over it built of old metal porch supports and rustic old boards painted white. It had to be a sturdy arbor because there is a New Dawn Rose planted on each side of it and since they are such vigorous roses they will need a lot of support. A simple gate closure on that side

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Beside our future front gate

would be fine. The empty gate space on the driveway side of the garden could also have a simple closure.

I know one day there will be gates on our picket fence and our front garden will be completely enclosed and look great.

We have a 6′ privacy fence around the back garden with no gates in it as well. Hmm, maybe I should have called this OurNoGateGarden instead.

Here is a picture of our front garden entrance with no gate…

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Saving a place for an old Victorian gate

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