I love doing succession gardens, that is a changing display of plants in the same space. It is a wonderful way to make the most of a small space, and though my garden is far from small, I thought it would be fun to do in one area.
This bed is what we see every day and evening while we eat dinner and then watch TV. I wanted to have a colorful, everchanging display.
So last year I put in a complete groundcover of a small Nepeta: Blue Wonder. And I interplanted with Allium. I also seeded with red Poppies, but got no germination. Maybe bad seed, bad planting? A disappointment, but still.
This is how it looks now:
As the season progresses there will be Echinacea. Then Cleome. And next year Red Poppies (never give up!) and Verbena bonariensis.
The Fothergillas I planted have suffered mightily–from rabbits to drought to drenching rains. I was almost ready to give up on them and chalk it up to Kansas learning. But I love this plant and I knew it would make a wonderful understory shrub layer in the woodland if I could get it started.
Well, patience succeeded. This year, though they are small, they are gorgeous. The white flowers are gleaming in the woodland. They could not be more beautiful. They help give shape to the space.
Thank you Fothergilla!
One of my beliefs is that some things should be hidden, at least partially hidden, as you move through a garden. In a way, this has been the most frustrating part of working on this garden, because I’ve put in some young trees, and been waiting for them to grow.
But I may have a shady woodland in just another few years.
Most of the trees and shrubs are just starting to leaf out, but the Redbuds are blooming, (rather sparsely but better than last year) and the Amelanchiers are gorgeous. So the area I am most interested in right now–the woodland– is starting to look like a woodland.
I’m not ready to put shade groundcovers under the trees and shrubs; that will still be a few years off. But isn’t it starting to look right?