After moving to North Carolina in May of 2011, we took a critical look at the garden and decided to get rid of just about everything that had been planted by the previous owners.
We ripped out some wild rhododendrons, nondescript shrubs, and a diseased evergreen tree. Later, I dug up and divided all the hostas that were growing unhappily along the front of the house. In time, I used all 96 of them to line the new trail.
Here’s what the garden looked like in 2011:
You can see a tree rose, a few of the hydrangea cuttings we brought from Maryland, a foxglove, a few daylilies and the hostas I mentioned.
Here’s how the garden is doing this summer:
Needless to say we are delighted at how quickly things have started to take shape. And now that the roses, hydrangeas, lavenders, catmints and daylilies appear to have settled in well, I am free to add a few new bits and pieces here and there.
I’ve become a big coreopsis fan and am very pleased with the ‘Heaven’s Gate’ variety. (I’d show you my ‘Mercury Rising, but something has eaten all the flowers. It was pretty while it lasted.)
Some of my other new additions are keepers, others may be subjected to the shovel.
|Kim's Knee-hi – the butterfly will live longer in my garden|
|Yellow Lollipop – delicious!|
|Love Song – hate it|
|Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' – not crazy about the fading color|
|Lemon Splash shrub rose – did a bellyflop|
|Lamium 'Purple Dragon' – also like 'Shell Pink'|
|Lovely Fairy – love it|
|Clematis Comtesse de Bouchaud – a regal beauty|
|The Bourbon rose Mystic Beauty – I'll drink to it|
|Wollerton Old Hall – could be a new Austin fave|
I have a number of new roses coming in 2014 including the David Austin red rose, Heathcliff. I can't wait to see it bloom.
And I can’t wait to audition some other new faces in 2014.