Last Fall, I planted a singular cypress conifer called Lemon Thread False Cypress in the backyard by the Hornbeam trees . It has mostly just gotten along without much attention, so I decided to add something similar to the front yard - IB2DWs - Conifer Garden: a Golden Mop False Cypress. Chamaecyparis pisifera. They're similar...but I'm learning they're different in some ways. From Oregon State University, I'm seeing that Golden Mop is a 'true dwarf' : ‘Golden Mop’ - it is a mutation of ‘Filifera Aurea’ and a true dwarf, to 1 m, with more intense yellow. I've planted in a full sun, so I'm sure hoping that we get some of that 'intense yellow' and based on what I'm reading (below) in Midwest Garden Tips, I think we have a winner with Golden Mop. From MGT: The dramatic foliage of the ‘Golden Mop’ is bright yellow green with a feathery, almost stringy appearance. The glowing gold foliage creates a lovely accent to deeper green conifers.
Showing posts from October, 2023
I've long admired the Purple Smoke Trees that I see in gardens and landscapes. I've thought about planting one for a number of years, but each time I come across one, I opt against it. Until...this week. When I found a 'Royal Purple' Smoke Tree at the end-of-season sale at the orange big box store. It was too good of a price and I've been wanting to add some red to contrast the newly planted dwarf conifers in my new IB2DWs Conifer Garden. So, I bought it and stuck it in the ground closer to the sidewalk and pretty far back in the bed. You can see it in the photo below: Is this thing a tree? Or a shrub? It is referenced either way, but I'm calling it a tree - mostly due to the name. The tag says 'shrub', but... This becomes the last tree of 2023 and...amazingly...the 21st planted for the year. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
What's better than two Baby Blue Spruce trees? If you answered "Three Baby Blue Spruce Trees", you'd be correct. This time, I've added the small (container-grown) dwarf conifer to the bed near the kitchen window in back. You can see it in the photo below. This goes towards my #1 item on my 2023 list - evergreens. But, it also checks some of the box on #18 - dealing with the 'kitchen window curved bed' as this is planted in front of the Weeping White Spruce and to the west of the Espalier'd Greenspire Lindens. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
A week back, I shared photos and details of the first of three Baby Blue Spruce trees that have gone in our yard as part of my Fall Planting Sprint. They were all 7# container-grown trees and are small to start - somewhere shy of 24" tall from tip to rootflare. I planted the first one in my new Conifer Garden - IB2DWs extended. And, I matched it with the second one on the other end of that spread. See below for a look at #2 Baby Blue. This is planted closer to the Bald Cypress. And...it is planted 'high' on purpose. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
Upright evergreen tree. Those are magic words to me. When I came across a new (to me) conifer tree named Montrose Charm, I pulled out my phone and dug around. Trying to figure out if this would work in my new conifer garden IB2DWs extended. After some hemming-and-hawing, I brought it home and planted it along the back border, sort of next-to the Ginkgo tree that is up there . Here it is post-planting. The Montrose Charm is a "Christmas Tree Form", but gets tall and skinny - with time. From Dutchman Tree Farms - they expect the tree to get six feet wide at maturity and have this to say : This tall narrow columnar tree has needles that are light green and very short. The White Spruce ‘Montrose Charm’, once established, is cold hardy and drought resistant. This columnar tree is perfect for landscaping, borders, small spaces, and erosion control. I've said it before, but I love that narrow, columnar tree form. Here's a look at a mature version of the Montrose Charm
All the same facts, details and situation from yesterday's post showing how I planted a Weeping Norway Spruce IB2DWs persist and stay the same for this - a second Weeping Norway Spruce - that I planted in the new conifer garden closer to the sidewalk - IB2DWs - extended. See the photo at the top showing the location of this weeping, dwarf conifer and the Baby Blue Spruce tree that I previously planted here. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.
Conifers Should Come First. Or, if not first, one should attempt to make up for lost time when you can. This is the second dwarf conifer tree and third dwarf conifer overall that I've planted in the past week. All of which are IB2DWs. Like the Baby Blue Spruce trees that I bought at 50% off, I bought a pair of Weeping Norway Spruce trees. This post is about the one that is going in our established IB2DWs bed. Below are a few photos showing the pre-planting details: This came as a ball-and-burlap tree from the orange big box store. I've had these before, but I've always removed as much of the burlap as possible. This time, I'm going the opposite way. All I did was cut and remove the twine, but left the burlap in place. I'm *pretty sure* that these might be air layered trees as whenever I remove the burlap form them, the root system is pretty sparse. I stuck this tree right in front of the All Gold grasses about half-way back in the bed. I'm planning
What does my IB2DWs bed lack? Well...to be fair, it lacks a lot. But what I'm (mostly) talking about are conifers. Evergreens. Remember... Conifers Should Come First . I've failed at that. But, I can make up for it, I hope. My #2 priority was to plant evergreens IB2DWS. And my #1 was to add more evergreens . I've started by posting about one of two Baby Blue Spruce trees that I planted in the extended IB2DWs bed. Today, I'm sharing that I planted a Bird's Nest Spruce in the currently planted IB2DWs bed. You can see it above - it is to the west of the Cat's Pajamas Nepeta and a few feet set back from the driveway. It was five bucks. What's not to like about that? I have a Bird's Nest Spruce in the back that was devoured by rabbits. I've moved it once and need to move it again. Here's the container - Bird's Nest Spruce - Picea abies 'Nidiformis' - which NC State calls a 'dwarf needled evergreen shrub' . As for
Another day, another set of plants going in as part of my #FallPlanting sprint. This time...featuring a set of ornamental grasses that I've seen other talk about: Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Undaunted' - or Ruby Muhly Grass. At the top of this post is a look at one of the small quart-sized grasses that I brought home. And below is a photo of the tag at The Growing Place - where they call this grass a "show stopper'. Across Instagram, I've seen a few gardeners that I follow post photos of the plumes of these Muhly grasses - especially in the sunset. At $5 a piece, the sale price had me trapped. When I began to get them planted, I was struck by how dense and mature their root systems were - see below for what I'd consider a root-bound grass: I opted to put them right at the end of the current boardwalk - two in back, one out front to create a small grass colony. See below for two photos: one from the yard looking back at the boardwalk. The other fro
Fall 2023 is (now) going to be a moment that I'll look back on and think about sedums. Sedums as groundcover have been on my radar since the success of the volunteer Angelina Sedum that started in our backyard and I've transplanted in a number of places. The past few weeks have featured a few Sedum that have gone in - a Chicks and Hens Hopewell and a pair of Voodoo Sedum - all of which are IB2DWs and are part of my growing groundcover collection. When I was at The Growing Place, I came across another new (to me) sedum: Sedum spurium 'John Creech'. You can see the sign above in this post. They say: A fantastic groundcover. Distinctive, spoon-shaped leaves. And it forms 'an extremely tight, dense mat that weeds don't have a chance '. Who is John Creech? From the Missouri Botanic Garden listing, they say : John Creech, former director of the U.S. National Arboreteum, reportedly collected this plant at the Central Siberian Botanic Garden in 1971.
Conifers Should Come First . That's a gardening truth. And, as I admitted last week...a mistake that I've made in our garden . But, it also points to an opportunity. Specifically in the IB2DWs extended bed. I talked about focusing on adding some dwarf conifers in service of my #2 item - adding clustered evergreens - IB2DWs extended . As part of my #Fall Planting for 2023, I kind of went ham on dwarf conifers to make up for my past mistakes. I've sworn off the trees at Home Depot, but when I was confronted with this sign (below), I decided to nose around. I found that pallet of blue spruce trees (at the top of this post) that had these tags: Baby Blue Spruce #7 Container Grown. See below for the tag showing the $45 price: Half-off means for $22.50, I get a dwarf, blue conifer. And, it is container-grown, so I'm pretty sure that means it isn't one of their air-layered conifers that come in burlap bags. I needed this tree. In fact...I decided that I ne
Fall Planting 2023 will go down as a big moment in our garden. That is...as long as everything that I'm putting in makes it through the Winter. I'm getting to this stuff pretty late in the growing season, so I a little bit of hesitancy in proclaiming that all of these will make it. Last year, with the huge mass of Autumn Ferns that I planted late and didn't come back have scarred me a bit . That fear didn't stop me from adding three more new (to me) plants on the same trip to The Growing Place. I was wandering around the grass area and came across these small quart-sized grasses you see above. Short in nature. Nice seed heads. I pulled out the plant tag and see this below from Hocus Pocus Groundcovers: Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid' - Greenlee's Moor Grass. Thanks to the Front Porch bed exploration from earlier this year , I was somewhat familar with some Seslerias and ended up buying and planting a number of Seslaria Autumnalis from Northwind . They&
Fall planting continues with a few more plants that required me to 'step out' a little bit from my gardening comfort zone with another flowering perennial. Yesterday, I shared the three dark-foliage, flowering Midnight Masquerade Pentsemons that I put IB2DWS - extended and talked about how I was drawn to them because of the dark foliage, but bought them based on Roy Diblik's "Appropriate Plant List" . 'Midnight Masquerade' is an improved habit of a few varieties that are included on Roy's list, so I had confidence in adding them to our garden. I was walking the nursery tables at The Growing Place during their 50% off end-of-the-season sale and found a few things that I've decided to add to the garden. The first one was the Cardoon that I posted about earlier this week. I noted that I wasn't sure it was going to be hardy for our zone, but my plan is to 'mulch it in' pretty hard with biosolids and leaves and hope for the best. The s