And the answer for what will be planted in the East Perennial Border lies in the working name I have given it…
August Dreams Border.
It will be planted with various perennials, bulbs, and grasses so that its crescendo will occur in autumn, with a nice build up starting in August. There will be little hints of color through the spring and early summer, but not enough to take away from the West Perennial Border, which I suppose should now be called…
May Dreams Border.
These names will help me think about the focal time for these two borders when I buy the occasional new perennial or grass or other plant and am waltzng about the garden trying to decide where to plant it.
I realize that many people have suggested and will suggest that both borders should include a variety of plants so they are both interesting all through the growing season with as much bloom as possible.
My preference however, is to not have the two borders competing across the lawn from one another, causing one’s head to swivel back and forth trying to see it all at once, afraid of missing something. I call this change in focal point as the season progresses through the garden seasonal-shift.
Other than asters, tall sedum, and a few toad lilies, I haven’t consciously looked for plants that provide true late season interest. But I will now, and many of the plants will likely be native wildflowers or cultivars of native wildflowers.
August Dreams Border… something else to look forward to here at May Dreams Gardens.