My flower beds have been a bit neglected lately. I had beautiful beds with a cascade of flowers spring through fall. I had added some shrubs that I thought would add some texture but they took over and I lost several of my most anticipated blooms in the ‘jungle’. After seeing the overgrowth and lack of color I decided it was time to make a change!
I started by cutting WAY back a Mock Orange in the flower bed. It never flowered, at least not where I could appreciate the blooms, so every stem and branch that was woody was taken. This opened up a large area in my garden allowing me to see exactly what shape the bed was in. I lost a butterfly bush to the harsh winter and (I think) my husband’s application of the snow plow… Add to that some Monarda that has gotten out of control and a Blue Indigo that wasn’t staked this spring (and I think really needs to be split) and I’ve got some work to do……
Lets start with the hole left by the Mock Orange….
I have a Clematis growing on the trellis that has reddish flowers. It has had a few, but the shrub blocked the sun, preventing it from blooming. With any luck, I will get a few flowers from it still this summer but I need to get something in the back to fill in the hole left behind. I have a lot of blues and purples in the garden blooming right now. I also have some white Veronica that is just starting to bloom. The question is: Should I go for more white for a more subtle color combination or go for a bright yellow/orange, maybe even red for the biggest contrast?
I am leaning toward the Centranthus (Jupiter’s Beard or Red Valerian) because of the reddish/purple that echos the purple in the garden already. I also think the form and foliage would look nice in contrast to the blue indigo it is up against. Add to that the fragrance and the food source for birds and butterflies I think I’ve found a winner!
Not only do I need to fill in the hole where this shrub was, I need to find something that will nicely come up against the walkway without getting out of control. I have bulbs that bloom in the spring, and sedum to give color in the fall, so I need summer color here. Again, the choices will be the same….white, yellow and orange or red. So let’s see what I am considering.
The decision is such a difficult one when it comes to this area. I adore the little daisies with the red accents. The Dianthus is a fragrant wildlife supporting plant, and the foamflower has a delicate flair. So why choose just one? I think the daisies and the Dianthus will be the perfect addition to the front of my garden bed.
What do you think? Have I missed a favorite boom of yours that would be perfect? Let me know!