and things reach their peak and come into their own, so does my new garden bed continue to become more interesting. I created this bed over two months ago. Normally, you would create a new garden bed in the spring or fall, but I have to say this bed is coming along nicely. It’s been over a month since I posted pictures of it so here is an update of the new additions thus far:
The Angelonia, Salvia and Coreopsis are still blooming non-stop. The Blackeyed Susans that I planted last month have just started to bloom in the past week. Near the fence you can see the Purple Fountain Grass has gotten fuller and is making beautiful purple plumes. I bought some perennial Candytuff and planted them in front of the Angelonia as a permanent groundcover. This variety is called “Snowflake” which is an appropriate description of the little white flowers. I also have placed a few native plants here that I purchased at the Native Plant Sale last month. On the shed wall you can see the Clematis are climbing the trellis pretty quickly. There are two varieties planted, “Snow Queen” which is a white and “Dr Ruppel” which is a deep pink w/magenta stripes on the petals. “Dr Ruppel” was planted in another garden and I dug it up and moved it over here because it was over a year old and not growing. Since I moved it, it has new growth and seems healthier. “Snow Queen” has several buds as you will see in the next photo.
Here is the largest of the buds on “Snow Queen”. This one should open soon. It will be nice to have some Clematis that bloom later in the season in the garden. My “Nelly Moser” and “Niobe” bloom in May. I think I will paint the shed walls a different color so that the blooms stand out more. White on white won’t be much of a contrast. At least this vertical interest will disguise the plant paneling of the shed which acts as a backdrop to the new garden.
Another angle of the new bed is where my found object turned trellis is placed. I sowed Blackeyed Susan vine seeds near each leg. You can see on the left of the trellis the small vines starting to twine up the structure. (Spaz, my little terrier mix, decided she needed to be in the shot too, lol) To the right you can see the Hydrangea Forever & Ever “Red” with a single bloom.
A closeup of “Blackeyed Susan” vine on my new trellis (old tv antennae). They have made progress in their growth, but I was hoping they would of been covering the structure by now and possibly blooming. The season isn’t over yet, so we’ll see. We had rain all yesterday afternoon and night so maybe that will help. I might give them a dose of fertilizer today too.
Technically this isn’t a new addition to the garden, but when the phone company decided to add dsl lines to the neighborhood last fall they dug through my flower bed to do it. (I wasn’t happy about that) In the process, they killed 3 large hostas and a couple of lirope (which I don’t miss), so I had to replant this bed this past spring. I planted three Hostas (name unknown) and two Heucera “Purple Palace” near the front edge. The”Nikko Blue” Hydrangea to the far right was planted last fall. Oh, the hummingbird feeder is a new addition this year too. I’ve seen one or two buzzing around it so far, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten any pictures yet.