by AmandaI live in a small city and am fortunate enough to have a yard and garden (albeit small) to tend to. There is one bed in the back part of my yard that is always changing and evolving with each season, that I'm never quite satisfied with. This season, that's all going to change!
When I first bought the property it was a huge, thorny bush of evil. Many hours and scratches later, this bush was gone and I planted an array of Spring-Blooming Bulbs. That spring, the early show was spectacular, but once the spring blooms were done the garden was a little bare. The next fall I added a few more Bulbs and our Fall Max Wildflower Mix, thinking that the wildflower blooms would take over once the Tulips and Daffodils were done. This is when I realized how little sun the area actually got. The Wildflowers did their best and were pretty, but there just wasn't enough sun for them to grow to their fullest potential.
Cut to: Now (Fall 2013). This is it. This is the season I get this garden right! I've carefully and painstakingly chosen my plants, factoring in sunlight, soil type and spread. I have chosen: One Hydrangea All Summer Beauty (love the blue blooms), 3 Dwarf Hosta Medioveriagata, 5 Mixed Astilbes (great texture), 3 Pink Bleeding Hearts, and 3 Strawberry Candy Daylilies. Quite a nice array of colors and textures, right? I figure there will still be dozens of perennial Tulips and Daffodils that will put on an early spring show, offsetting my new Perennials quite nicely.
I just received my order in the mail and am planting today. My Hydrangea looks amazing and I can't wait to (hopefully) design this garden for the last time. I'll be sure to post pictures this coming spring and summer once everything is growing.
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My challenging garden -- Just before planting today.