Just across Pearl Avenue from our dear friends Tom and Judy, local antique store owners Larry and Robert live in a beautiful historic pale green house. There we made in a new garden between June and the end of November, 2012.
By late afternoon we had dug out beds, removing the sod this time instead of using the newspaper method. We put down heavy duty landscape fabric along the porch and house and laid a strip pea gravel and river rock for access for painting and maintenance and to keep plants from being right up against the wood.
We moved a pitifully sad rhododendron to a shade border on the west side of the lot…a border which had once been edged with pavers but was now grown in with weeds. The rhodo was totally bringing down the tone in the new flower bed we wanted to create on the east side of the house. I can give you a preview of the sad rhodo’s fate since I am writing this months later; it petered and dwindled, and we keep cutting it further back. Perhaps a miracle will occur in winter of 2012-13 and it will revive.
We refrained from planting anything that day because the Soil Energy was quite hot.
In the shade border on the west side, the sad rhodo was still bringing down the tone.
The rest looked better after we planted Brunneras and Heucheras and revived a couple of hostas that were in there already.
We weeded by the northwest corner of the porch and stuck some lady’s mantle in a couple of days later. I tend to keep it out of anywhere where it will compete with other plants but I think it will look nice at that curve and its chartreuse flowers will tone well with the house paint. Allan’s idea!
In front of the porch we tried to get both sides to sort of match with some blooming Asiatic lilies that Larry had had in pots and with a hardy Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ and some small ornamental grasses.
We got most of the plants from The Basket Case Greenhouse. We stop there often all summer long especially when they get a shipment of very collectible perennials, including
In the morning, I walked down to take some photos of the garden in a better light than that of the previous late afternoon. Below, you can see how Robert and Larry’s house is just past the beautiful Hornbuckle garden.
In the foreground, a showy annual Coreopsis called ‘Jive’ from The Planter Box, our other local source of cool plants.
By midummer, the garden looked amazing.
Autumn crocuses by the porch
Next, phase two of the garden creation in October.