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Out with the old, in with the new

Thursday 9 October 2008 - Filed under Plants

I’ve been semi-successful in my vow to be ruthless and rip out things that don’t make the grade for various reasons: either they’re not thriving, they’re in the wrong spot, or I just don’t like them as much as I thought I would. I always get cold feet about taking a planted up area, even if it’s not perfect, and facing a blank slate again, but I’m glad once I finally do it. I trick myself into doing it by saying I’ll replant the rejects somewhere else, and then once they’re out, if I’m not motivated enough to relocate them, I take it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be.

I got a good start on the project last weekend. The biggest one to end up on the chopping block was the ornamental rhubarb, just because it didn’t move me like I thought it would, and it took up precious little sun that I’d rather save for its neighbors. An alchemilla mollis, which I’ve read is an unkillable, easy care plant, was spindly and weak. A ginger plant just didn’t do great where I squeezed it in, and didn’t make sense as a tropical looking plant among its woodland style neighbors. Some sedums (s. rupestre ‘lemon coral sedum’) were in part shade, which the tag said they could take, but they were all sad and leggy, so they’re looking for a new home.

Out with the old

I’ve made room for some good new things. I’m on a dwarf dogwood kick, I guess, even though I had some this year that didn’t end up too happy looking. I got three cornus canadensis for ground cover in the front yard. If they make it, they should end up with white flowers in spring and red berries in the fall. I was reading that they like decaying wood in their soil, and I should push twigs into the ground around them to keep them happy. It sounds odd, but I’ll give it a try.

Cornus canadensis

I also picked up this dwarf shrubby dogwood, cornus kelseyi, which is supposed to get good fall color. I have a lot of trees for fall color, but not small shrubs, so this seemed like a good way to link the floor of the garden to the canopy above.

Cornus kelseyi

I finally got some of my plant sale stuff in the ground, it took me a couple weeks to get it done. This area got three evergreen ferns that should get 3 feet tall and wide, and three (two shown) evergreen euphorbias (e. robbiae), my sweet little pinellia cordata down in the lower right hand corner. The bright grass-like blades belong to carex elata ‘bowles golden,’ one or my earliest gardening purchases, and one I still love. The sedum ‘autumn joy’ on the left behind the euphorbia is supposed to be gone, I don’t like it anymore, but it’s kind of in its full glory right now, and looking all healthy and happy, so I lost my nerve. Maybe I’ll be able to do it when its dormant.

New ferns and euphorbias in the front yard

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2008-10-09  »  megan

Talkback x 2

  1. Patricia
    9 October 2008 @ 9:09 am

    Today, I definitely going to stop procrastinating and plant the rest of my stash from the Garden Fever sale. Definitely.

  2. Karen
    9 October 2008 @ 5:35 pm

    I wish I could say I’d planted my plant sale plants… every time I get my moxie up, it starts raining. Or today, hail!?! Good for you, those plants will thank you for it next spring.