I think this variegated Aspidistra might have have been the most deserving plant that went in the ground, it's been in a container for years.
Here's everything placed before I started planting. Note the ugly color of my native soil, so much clay! This is why I mulch every spring.
One more "before" and it's time to dig in...
This adorable clump of Blechnum penna-marina came from my friend Evan.
Saxifraga x longifolia
I'd been collecting plants for this spot for awhile, it's good to finally see them in the ground.
The dark leafed beauty is Astilbe 'Chocolate Shogun', purchased on a whim when a friend posted a photo after he'd bought one at Fang.
Adiantum microphyllum, of which there are two.
Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' which I adore and refuses to take over my garden. I'm hoping maybe I've finally found the right place.
There are many other fabulous plants in there which I didn't get a close-up of, like Saxifraga paniculata f. rosea, Lonicera crassifolia, and Cyrtomium falcatum. After these photos were taken I found a pair of Asplenium trichomanes available for cheap so they were added too.
This area is tricky in that it gets dappled light until mid afternoon, and then an hour or so of full sun, then shade until early evening when it gets another short blast of sun.
That weeping Callistemon is a 'Woodlanders Hardy Red', a few blooms are about to burst open.
As an unexpected bonus, this project helped me understand why my small patch of lawn has taken a turn and doesn't look as good as it once did. I found so many leather jackets (European crane fly—Tipula paludosa—larvae) while digging out the sod, or what was left of it. My general approach to garden pests is to squish them, dispatch them (slugs to the yard waste bin), or ignore them and hope that the beneficials win out in the long run. The quantity of larvae I found tells me I might have to actually take action with this one.
Until then I'm just happy with the new planting space!
Weather Diary, June 18: Hi 81, Low 53/ Precip 0
All material © 2009-2020 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.