The spirea along the walkway, Spirea japonica ‘Limemound’, that I cut back to the ground in early spring came back all nice and springy-green. They look so pretty and I love that color of foliage. That’s why I bought them, for that pretty foliage.
When I posted about cutting them back completely to the ground, the comments to my question about whether or not I should let them grow back were all, “no, don’t let those grow back there”. I know it was a bad design to line them up along the sidewalk like that. I know that bed has more potential without them there.
But look how pretty that foliage is! Can I keep them there awhile longer? Maybe I can keep one there and move the rest in the fall?
The shrubs I really wanted to see come back after cutting them back were the St. John’s Wort shrubs, Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst‘, on the side of the house. But they are still just stumps with ivy growing around them. (Don’t ask about the ivy, I know it was dumb to plant it, but I couldn’t help myself.)
And next to them are three Deutzia shrubs, Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’, that were killed off by the awful winter weather we had in April.
I found one little tiny Deutzia bloom in that bed.
So I think I need to spend my time cleaning out this bed of St. John’s Wort and Deutzia and English ivy before I get too concerned about the poor design in the front bed. I want to remove all of these dead shrubs and the ivy, then add new soil and replant it.
And if the fact that there are dead shrubs there isn’t a good enough reason to work on that side bed instead of the front bed? In the front bed is the crabapple tree and in that tree are the baby robins and oh my, did I hear it from mama robin when I took this picture this evening.
She squawked and hollered at me like nobody’s business. I’m sure she wouldn’t like it if I did too much in that bed right now while she still has her babies in that nest! I’ll just have to wait until the robins grow up and fly away before I clean up the mess of black-eyed Susan’s, bee balm seedlings, sedum, daylilies and water sprouts growing around that tree. Or dig out those shrubs.