When we bought our house, the first thing we did was chop down all the overgrown shrubbery (nine truckloads worth). Since then, we have not bought anything to replace it. This was partly due to my focus on edibles. Mostly, though, it was because there were some plants I wanted to keep, but needed to move. At this point, I have salvaged about all that I wanted, so I feel justified in filling in some of the blank spaces.
Right now, I am focusing on half of the front bed — from the driveway to the roses. Next year, I’ll tackle the other half. This is what it looks like now:
The elderberry needs to go and the fuchsia needs to be transplanted to the shade garden. I am ambivalent about the bachelor’s buttons, but they are annuals. If they reseed, great, if not, oh well. The bluebells are good filler, but I can envision either getting rid of them or condensing them into a smaller patch.
As I drew this map, three things stuck out: 1) There is a lot of empty space; 2) there needs to be a transition from whites and pastels to reds; and 3) there is too much blue. I like monochronistic themes, but this is a bit much, especially with the bachelor’s buttons and the unknown purple plant having similar flowers.
Speaking of the unknown purple plant, does anybody know what it is? Here is a closer look:
My next step was to pick out some spring bulbs. I needed to leave room for other plantings, but I also wanted the bed to look more finished. This is what I came up with:
The hyacinths would form a neat border, as opposed to the messiness of the bachelor’s buttons, and the tulips and Lucifer lilies would bring in some red tones. Just as important, I would still have lots of space to bring in non-bulb spring flowers, along with plants that are geared toward other seasons.
Then reality hit.
The tulips are fairly cheap, and the Lucifer lilies are freebies from a neighbor, but the hyacinths would cost well over $100. After a lot of thought, here is my revised plan:
I will buy six of each type of hyacinth and plant them in clumps. In time, I can divide them and achieve the border I envisioned, or I will find other plants that work with them and have more of an eclectic border. Either way, I have a plan.