I started cleaning out some beds today. In the back (where Spaz my terrier is digging) I cut a large clump of Miscanthus grass down. Then I trimmed the Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ into a tree shape by removing the lower branches that were basically laying on the ground. Now I have more growing space underneith the canopy for some shade loving plants. I also removed the cannas since they were past their prime, but I might put some rhizomes over here later.
Here is the pile of debris I removed from that area. The Miscanthus was a real nightmare to remove, but I’m glad it’s gone. It causes a rash on my arms everytime I brush up against it. Spaz didn’t help the situation much either. She barked at the hedge trimmer and tried to attack it. 🙂 Then when I was digging up the rootball she came over there and started digging too. That was actually kind of comical.
After the mess was cleaned up I was pretty happy with the results. Just look at all that open growing space for more plants. 🙂 I actually like the Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ pruned into a small tree shape. The amount of real estate it was taking up was amazing. The possibilities for this area of the garden are still being considered at the moment. Maybe some ferns, hostas & other various shade lovers.
I finished putting compost down in this bed this afternoon and it really looks much better now. I’ve decided to call this the Hydrangea Bed since I have three planted here. The ‘Limelight’, ‘Nikko Blue’ which is a mophead and the lacecap which is to the far left.
The final task for the day was putting compost in the Pecan bed. Doesn’t this rich brown stuff really set the plants off nicely? I’m happy with this bed considering the shade plants took the hardest toll this summer. Some did better than others. I’m considering removing the boxwood from this bed (the bush to the right of the trunk) and placing one of the Forever & Ever Hydrangeas here. Maybe it would be happier here.