In the Spring of 2021 (two growing seasons ago), I bought a singular (broke the rule of buying multiples), large-scale ornamental grass named Prairie Winds Totem Pole - Panicum virgatum . Planted it on the edge of the front porch bed as a vertical accent. What caught my attention at the Morton Sale? The height of this grass being listed as 72" tall - 6 feet tall . It came back in May of 2022 - and is a late starter every season. A year after planting, the grass was still small , but by the end of the growing season, it was probably four-feet-tall or so. And had some nice Winter Interest . But, that front porch bed has changed quite a bit in the last year - the Norway Maple is gone. Replaced by a smaller Triumph Elm. That has opened up this bed to more light and reduced root competition. And the results on this ornamental grass? The tallest it has ever been - and close to the promised 6-foot-height when you count the seed heads. See below for current view of thi
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A couple of years ago, I planted some Elijah Blue Fescue grasses in the IB2DWs bed along with some other blue-colored plants like Cat's Pajamas Nepeta . Those grasses have never thrived, but they seemed to have survived over the years - despite that being what I'd consider a 'hard-to-grow' area. Between the poor soil, the adjacency to the driveway and the lack of irrigation, it isn't a great growing bed. But, like I said...these seemingly have survived. But, like all grasses, it appears that Elijah Blue Fescue grasses suffer from center rot. And need to be divided every few years. How can I tell? Have a look at one of the crowns of the blue fescue grass below - with three distinct tufts of blades emerging from the edges: Here, below, is a look at another one of them where you can see the center of the grass is brown'ing out and showing no growth: Everything that I've read on the Web tells me that these need regular dividing and that I need to dig
Last Fall, I couldn't help but come home from Lowe's with these two white-centered hostas during their 50% off sale. I mean...they are real standouts on the nursery bench and they basically sell themselves. I planted them in October of 2022 amongst some other hostas - like Guacamole . They're full of that crinkled hosta foliage this time of year. And, the white centers really brighten up this part of the understory bed. Below is what they look like after one growing season. Are they ready to divide? No. Not yet. Maybe next Fall they'll have put on enough size to warrant division. For now, I'm just enjoying them and thinking about why anyone would want a plain-jane hosta when they can have something like this around?
Back in the Summer of 2021, I planted three Serendipity Allium - Ornamental Onions - in the IB2DWs bed along with some other blue/purple plants . I'm pretty sure that I saw someone on YouTube talk about these as a close cousin to a plant that I love (and have planted in a lot of places) - Allium Summer Beauty. The foliage of Serendipity is different than Summer Beauty - perhaps you'd describe it as more 'strap-y'. But, the concept is *mostly* the same. As I mentioned in a recent post, I was away from my yard and garden for more than a week recently and when I came back, I felt like I was 'seeing' or 'discovering' some new (to me) things about growth and bloom-time. That idea - bloom-time - is what this post is about and why I'm posting this in the garden diary. Here, below, is a peek at the two (remaining) Serendipity Alliums IB2DWs - in full bloom this late in August. Note...there are just two of these Alliums left, one has died. Compared
Late last year, I dug up, divided and transplanted a number of Summer Beauty Ornamental Onions (Allium) around the backyard - including four divisions around the tree-swing Northern Red Oak tree . I also dug and and divided a large Christmas Tree hosta (that I really like) into three new divisions and planted them behind the allium, closer to the tree trunk . How have those divisions done? In less than one year, they seem to have recovered quite well. See below for a couple of photos showing the Summer Beauty Allium, spaced with some polka dot annual plants and the Christmas Tree hostas behind them: They are better than what was there before - a ring of hostas. And, I've learned that I can pretty sharply divide Summer Beauty and move them around. Note to self for Fall 2023 dividing.
That photo (above) shows the five Ghost Ferns (Athyrium 'Ghost') that I planted (as a set of four) in the Spring of 2021. They were from the Morton Arboretum Spring sale and they've thrived since they were added to our backyard shade garden. Why are there five Ghost Ferns when I planted four? No...they're not spreading ferns like the Ostrich Fern that sends out underground runners. The reason that there are (now) five of these ferns is because last Fall, I divided one of them into two . At that time, I only divided one because I was a little afraid. I didn't want to kill all of them off. I did the same dividing with some Shaggy Shield ferns and my fears were well-placed as not all of the divisions made it this year. But, the Ghost Fern division not only survived, but it appears to have had a good year and is a vigorous, healthy fern. Why do I bring this up? First...to remind myself and to help prioritize my Fall dividing program. But, also because of
One of the big planting projects that I have tee'd up for this Summer is to plant a series of boxwoods underneath the pair of espalier'ed Greenspire Linden trees to add some structure and four-season interest with evergreen shrubs. One of the things that I've learned from observing the garden over all four seasons is that while I claim to be a 'hosta gardener', I have begun to fall out of love with them (just a little bit). Why? Because they totally disappear during the late Fall, Winter and early Spring. Sure...there's still a lot to love - they grow in the shade, are all-about-that-foliage, their Spring emergence is a fun little gardening moment and...they're forever dividable (meaning...they can be endlessly divided every Fall). But, when I look at my beds during the month of January or February or March...and you didn't know they were planted out, one might think that the beds were totally empty. As the hostas disappear. All that to say...I don
I recently took notice of this pair of hostas that are planted right in front of the hops vine in our backyard (photo below) and thought that they were a really nice shape and foliage structure. Why? Because, I didn't divide these last Fall. Last August, I included these in a roundup of 'dividing candidates' , but it appears that I left these as-is. What variety are they? They had white and purple flowers last year . And they turned 'green apple green' color, too. So....know that and using the "What Hosta do I have?" tool, I'm *pretty sure* that these are Honeybells Hostas . I have a bunch of what I'll call 'ratty' or real common Lancifolia Hostas in the borders that I'd like to replace over time - and these beauties (ahem...Honeybells Hostas) are (once again) 2023 candidates for dividing and popping into the location of the 'ratty' ones.