(1) Plant perennials in the ‘Shade Garden’ 1st
(By the 3-Season room, a motivator to look at from inside!)
(2) Cut out the shape of the front garden
(see sketch in blog: “Spring 2009 – Now What?”
(4) Look for new ‘anchor bushes’ for “nakey” backyard
(5) Replant perennials - potted during construction project
(6) Plant some gratuitous annuals :o)
(7) Plan for 2010 growing season
The Smoke bush looked a little lost in the dirt, and vulnerable to west winds, so I added 3 annual Purple Fountain grass plants. You’ll notice over time that I take that ‘plant in odd numbers’ rule very seriously – because I’m just OCD like that! I also planted a Coleus – which mimicked the lime in the begonias leaves and complemented the plum color of the grass & Smoke Bush. Behind it, kind of hidden, is another ‘chunk’ of repurposed concrete. I use it as a stepping stone, so I don’t compact the dirt in my gardens. It is a lesson I learned over time!
Here are some of my ‘gratuitous’ annuals on the front stoop. As you may notice, I echoed the Coleus (the formal name? – I say ‘lime & fuchsia’?!), Purple fountain grass and White Impatiens from the base of my front garden. I love the idea of ‘leading the eye’ around the yard by repeating color or plants, or both. I also like that the white flowers compliment the trim on the house, and as I said before, 'glow' at dusk & in moonlight!
More gratuitous annuals!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cosmos! They are happy and tall and they have these great asparagus fern-like greens that sway in the breeze. Hiding in the background, on this side of the “Sun Garden”, is another annual Purple Fountain Grass (it grew like crazy). Tucked in between is the sweetest little ‘find’ of 2009 – aptly named “Sweet Dreams” Coreopsis Rosea. I have always loved Moonbeam Coreopsis, but I did not realize it has a blush-pink sister.
You may also notice that you eye travels to the “Shade Garden” in the background - with complementary or repeated color? (I love that little purple gazing globe!) Like I meant to do that or something… ;o)