After work, I started on the first steps to renovate this flower bed.
This bed is on the north side of the house and wraps around the patio and continues across the back of the house. Way in the far corner is a variegated Kerria, and along the back of the house are primarily hostas, a few hellebores (which I recently trimmed way back), some lily of the valley and a few ferns that transition into some Japanese blood grass and maybe there are some violets in there someplace. Around the patio section are variegated false sunflower, false sunflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Phlox, Autumn Joy Sedum, some shasta daisies and some perennial geraniums, from what I can remember. Seems like a lot, and perhaps it is. (Sorry about not including botanical names… I’m too tired to look them all up for correct spelling, etc.)
The cut out in the patio was the idea of the people who put in the patio. I like it, as I think it makes the corner more interesting.
My first plan for the renovation is to widen the entire bed by about a foot so I can have a little more planting room.
I did manage to salvage two little Candy Lily seedlings, which I temporarily planted in one of the raised beds in the vegetable garden.
The soil was maybe a bit too damp to dig, but I wanted to get most of this grass out before it started to sprout, so I dug anyway. Once other plants start growing, I’ll have to dig out more grass, I’m sure, but this is a good start.
As noted in a comment from Earth Girl to my previous post about renovating my flower beds, I’ll end up with extra plant divisions when I dig out the rest of the plants, once they have started to sprout. One of my sisters already read that comment and called me to stake claim to whatever I have left over. I’m sure there will be enough to share with her and several others. She doesn’t realize that I’ll probably be begging people to take the extras!
It all looks like a muddy mess now, but I know my efforts will pay off for the long run to create a more attractive garden.
How can you help? Come over and dig! Ha, just kidding. Send me any suggestions you have for what you would plant. In particular, I am wondering if I should plant a small shrub in the little inset of the patio? It seems to call for a focal point there, but I’m not sure I want something “permanent” like a shrub in this particular bed. Maybe it is a good spot for a small garden statue? Or a big pot of flowers? You all know I am not very good with design and am in it for the plants!
And remember I am in zone 5 so don’t be suggesting camellias or other plants I can’t have!