Some projects take time to complete and the arbor garden is no exception. I’m still moving things & putting compost in this area. The process is taking longer because of the revamping of this area. Here are some more areas I’ve somewhat completed thus far:
This limb has been sitting in my garden for years now. I found it sitting on the side of the road when walking with my hubby one day. I liked the interesting shape & thought it would be a nice organic addition to the arbor garden. I dug up this area yesterday (including the plants) & ammended the soil. It was very dry & tired looking. Then I planted some Snowflake Candytuff that I moved from the new bed and some of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy” that was originally here. I cut the sedum back & divided it into several smaller clumps. Behind the branch is a Verbena Bonsariesis on the left & a Monarda on the right. Behind them I am still considering what to put here. I need something yellow or orange to compliment the purple. The Sweet Autumn Clematis is in the backdrop of this corner of the Arbor bed.
This area used to have the Spirea that I moved up to the front of the bed. I moved a Peony that was growing under one of the Nandinas to this area so that it would get more sunlight. It’s never bloomed and I think the light conditions are the culprit. If you enlarge the picture you will make out the cut back stems growing under the grid support. This Peony was given to me from a neighbor who was dividing up a large bush she had in her yard. I didn’t even realize you divide Peonies, so this was interesting. I’m not sure, but I think the color is a reddish pink. I intend to move the daylillies (after dividing them) that are to the far right to another location and planting a red rose in this area. I would also like to place a trellis or two on this part of the fence to grow vines one. I’m considering moving my Nelly Moser & the Pink Bonita Rose from the Arbor to this area. Neither one of them bloom for a long period so I thought of growing an annual vine on the arbor next year instead for a longer season of bloom. Maybe the Cypress vine which I purchased a packet of seeds for last month. It is a mixed variety that has flowers in pink, red & white.
This is the new open space under the ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea that I created after pruning it into a tree form earlier this month. I have already planted several varieties of shade loving plants here. This area gets dappled morning sun with afternoon shade. I have the Gentian, Hostas, Ferns, Solomon’s Seal and a Skull’s cap Hyssop planted in this area. In the upper right hand corner one of the Forever & Ever Hydrangeas is happily situated here as well. I had to prune off some of the foliage that had gotten burned or damaged and it is putting out new foliage as we speak. Some things just need a new location to be happy productive perennials in the garden.