Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dreams of glory

I'm thinking more about the new garden planned in the front, where full sun makes many things possible. Scale and sustainability are important, leading me away from a crab apple (too big) and towards some shrubs and even an evergreen for four-season interest. Although this decision is based on looking at the lawn from the front of the house. When you look from across the street, it seems that the space is big enough for a small crab apple to work. (Of course, you also notice the shutter in need of repair - just squint and it will be less noticeable.)
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But I'm also dreaming of planting lots of colorful perennials that won't thrive elsewhere in the garden. Inspiration comes from every mixed perennial border you've ever seen, and more recently from this display at the National Arboretum last June:
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Tell me if you can spot a color scheme here:

Echinacea - Just bought three 'Tomato Soup' - bright enough for you?? (No, this is not my photo, but when I bought them they were indeed this color.)



Japanese anemones

Really tall things, like eupatoriums, or perhaps vines on a trellis or stakes

Lilies - Adrian Higgins' recent column provides lots of inspiration




Rudbeckia - maybe this one touted by WFF


The first step is to lay out the bed and start mulching this fall. Then annuals next summer and planting in the fall of 2011.


Judy Thomas said...

I vote for perennials! If you have that great commodity, a sunny to part-sun front yard, you have a great situation for a perennial garden. I make new beds by mulching heavily with wet newspaper, sometimes slipping compostables beneath it, and topping with mulch (straw, pine straw, grass clippings-the latter which I renew from time to time) in the fall) come spring, it is diggable, grass and weeds mostly deceased and decomposed and the earthworms have found it!
I have a blog entry on it at: Central Virginia Organic Gardener at

Caroline said...

Thanks, Judy, that's my method, too. I'll check out your blog for details - always looking to refine the methods!