Monday, May 30, 2011

Greene Garden Update

The WFF plants and the plants from Botanica have been installed.  Here's what's been happening at Greene Garden.
The Alchemilla, Astilbes and Hostas in the corner bed are coming along nicely.  Some of the Astilbes already have flower heads forming.
These Alchemillas are from Botanica and I thought they fit in nicely between the architectural pieces.
Anemone 'Prince Henry' and A. 'Robustissima'
I planted Mertensia virginica here. 
Cross your fingers for the Liatris alba to pop up here.

Helleborus foetidus
The Dicentra 'Golden Hearts' did not fare well in the delivery process.  The stems were almost completely broken off at the root ball.  Cross your fingers.
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris planted to grow up the Rose of Sharon.
Digitalis 'Camelot Lavender'

Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' against the Garden Wall
I have added in a few stepping stones in the Central Bed.  I imagine they will be less obvious once the garden has grown up over them a bit.
Still need to re-set the brick edging.  

The delivery from WFF included Cimicifuga 'Hillside Black Beauty' x3, Dicentra 'Golden Heart' x3, Digitalis 'Camelot Lavender' x6, Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford' x3, Mertensia virginica x6, Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' x3, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris.


  1. Hello Michael:
    Such very choice and interesting plants which take us back in time. Mertensia is lovely and, at least in the UK, not widely grown, whilst Astilbes remain a favourite of ours. But, we always grew them in slightly damp conditions where they seemed to thrive.

    Your architectural pieces add character and interest - we very much like them as we do the straight, flagged path at the side of the main border. It should be most effective in time and when complete. The stepping stones in the border are a good idea to ease maintenance and should, in time, be hidden by the planting.

    If we were to advise anything, then it would be to plant in odd numbers - 3s, 5s, 7s, etc. - as being much easier to place and, in maturity, to give a confident look.

  2. Hi Jane and Lance,

    Thank you for the advice and I think I will add more of the same plants to the ones I have already installed to give it that confident look. I don't want to get only a few of many different types of plants as I'm afraid that will give this small garden a rather disjointed feel.

  3. Hello Michael,

    Very interesting choice of plants.

    Good luck

  4. Interesting to see a project like this in it's infancy coming to life. Will look forward to seeing it flourishing.