But I was still planning and scheming for changes I had decided to make to that Hydrangea bed. I started stockpiling drought-tolerant plants, haunting all the fall sales, where I managed to find many great plants for 40% or even 50% off. Once my arm started feeling better, I slowly began digging up the Hydrangeas and many of the other plants in that bed, along with the Pernettya that I had planted and killed, deader than a dead thing. I pulled out one of my two red elderberry bushes, because I wanted to plant a chocolate Mimosa, and really I didn't need two elderberries. Even though it's a PNW native and probably used to our dry summers, the heat and drought this year had it looking like death warmed over. The Hydrangeas went into pots, where I can have more control over how much sun and water they receive.
So, a couple of weekends ago, I drafted Nigel into service, and he helped me add some sand to the bed for better drainage, and roto-tilled it in. Then, last week I started laying out the plants, and finally, this Sunday and Monday, I dug holes and planted everything.
|Former Hydrangea bed with shrubs and many perennials pulled out|
|Nigel and I added sand and he tilled it in, to lighten the soil and help with drainage.|
|Plants being stockpiled over the course of two months, waiting in the Folly to be planted|
|The bed planted up anew, with several different ornamental grasses and other drought-tolerant perennials|
|I'm looking forward to some of the plants self-sowing and creating swaths, such as Stipa tenuissima and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'|
|I created mini-swaths with trios of the same Echinacea (this one is either 'Cheyenne Spirit' or 'Solar Flare')|
|Acanthus sennii, Miscanthus 'Morning Light' and Geranium 'Ann Folkard'|
|Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'|
|Kniphofia 'Fire Glow'|
|Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'|
|Concrete orb, aka raccoon toilet, has been planted up with a prickly Eryngium agavifolium, with the hope that no raccoon is going to want to stick its butt in those spines.|
I really needed those two months to regroup and plan and heal. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what this bed looks like next summer.
Stop reading right here unless you're really interested in reading a long list of plants. I just want to document what I've planted.
Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'
Nolina 'La Siberica'
Echinops 'Blue Glow'
Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'
Euphorbia 'Ruby Glow'
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
Echinacea 'Solar Flare'
Echinacea 'Dixie Belle'
Kniphofia 'Fire Glow'
Oreganum 'Kent Beauty'
Eucomis 'Aloha Lily Tiki'
Crocosmia 'Gold Rush'
Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold'
Astrantia major 'Star of Beauty'
Thymus x citriodorus (Lemon Thyme)
Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme)
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
Tradescantia 'Bilberry Ice'
Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'
Miscanthus 'Morning Light'
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'
Carex comans 'Bronze'
Schizachyrium 'Standing Ovation'