A couple years ago I started a large perennial border garden across the front of our property. I only got a small portion of it tilled and planted and that is a hodgepodge of a bunch of plants I had that needed homes immediately, if not sooner.
Reclaiming Garden Space
This weekend I’m going to roll out the plastic and re-kill the grass that has retaken the rest of the garden. I’m going to get the perennial border garden I’ve been wanting for so many years, finally.
One thing I need to do is plan out the rest of the plants that I want for the garden. Right now I have plants that I either grew from seed, or bought on sale for a ridiculous price. The rest of the garden needs some thought, though, because I want to ensure that I have something blooming throughout the summer.
The first task on my list will be to look at the plants I have and see when they usually bloom. I know that some of the plants are continuous or repeat bloomers, so I’ll need to keep that in mind, as well. Just off the top of my head I know I have Shasta daisy, two or three veronicas, two miniature roses, four anise hyssops, several different lilies (all bought for $2 or less after they’d quit blooming), a half dozen or so snapdragons (waiting to see how many made it through the winter, a couple look not so good), three white strawberries (that need to be moved to the strawberry patch), a coreopsis, many carnations (started from seed and had 36 plants at first, some didn’t make it through the winter though), blue azure (I think that’s it’s name), purple cone flower, garden phlox (want more of these), blue salvia, and I think on pink pincushion button. That may seem like a lot of plants, but once I have the garden in place I’ll have about 60’ to plant, 40’ of which I’m going to get finished this year. We need to figure out the placement of the carport we want before we put in the last of the garden, as I’m going to have a picket fence surrounding it and I need to know where that’s going to end up, as it will be placed next to the carport on one side.
If I look at the list of plants I already have, I have a variety of bloom periods, but I need to make a chart or graph of which plants will bloom at what time and how many of them will overlap. Also, I need some interesting greenery, maybe an ornamental grass, to add some interesting textures. I’m not going to plant evergreens in this garden, but something that’s semi-evergreen might be a nice addition.
I’ll also have 60’ of garden to be planted in irises and day lilies. I won’t be able to fill that this year, more than likely, because that is costly, because I want to hand pick each one, not just get the big box store varieties. So, I should have plenty of room for a nice selection of annuals. I’ll keep that in mind when I’m planting flower seeds this afternoon (inside in flats).
Make A Drawing
I’ve got quite a bit of planning to do this spring. Hopefully I can get the foundation plantings, the perennial border and the front entry gardens all spruced up this year. I was shocked to realize I’ve lived here for seven years and my front yard still looks like a war zone. It’s time to finish up all the half baked projects and get all the plants into their permanent homes (or at least as permanent as any garden is).