I'm very happy with the front garden. I don't want a garden bursting with flowers in August, just a few notes of interest here and there - an overture to the main show that will start in about October.
Mission accomplished, I think.
At the far end of this same garden, I have started to introduce a few white flowers, and I like them so much that I think I'm going to keep this small clearing just white and green. It is almost completely shaded by trees, which have white blossoms in winter and spring (an almond and a nashi pear).
The white hyacinths are doing well, and next autumn I can add other white bulbs to them, like dutch irises and paperwhite jonquils. The foxgloves you can see are white ones, too. The white hellebores fit in, but I'll have to move those pinky ones. They don't look good with the lemons on the tree anyway. I'll move some around to the back yard, and give some away, and I'll move any white ones from the back yard into this area, and hopefully they'll multiply. I could also add some white aquilegias. Then I could have white japanese anemones for autumn. But what about summer? Do you have any ideas? As I said, it's almost completely shaded and it's also dry because of the trees. I have no ideas, so I'm relying on you to help.
Moving around to the back yard, winter is still holding sway in some of the gardens.These are the ones that mainly contain perennials for summer and autumn. They will look even more bare when I prune the shrubs, but it has to be done soon. (You can see in the picture that I'm watering. This is the first time since autumn, because I noticed the soil was getting very dry in the areas that are left unmulched to allow plants to self-seed. Once the seedlings are a bit bigger, I will mulch everywhere, but for now I need to water.)
Other borders are looking more springlike, with snowflakes, daffodils and the first wallflowers.
|Erysimum cherii 'Scentenary'|
I'm also still adding interesting foliage plants, like this chrysanthemum, to fill gaps I noticed last summer and autumn. It was sold to me as Chrysanthemum pacificum, but I think it's now called Ajania pacifica. Whatever its name is, I do like those wavy, white-edged leaves, and if it does well, I'll add a few more. It has small, furry yellow button flowers in autumn, very cute.
I know I showed you my flowering quince in the last post, but it's just so gorgeous and so noticeable in the garden right now, that I couldn't leave it out. I think I'm going to make it my spring header, too.
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