August 28, 2009
Refined Design for Vivid, Warm West Bed
After posting on my west garden bed two weeks ago, I've found myself thinking of ways to refine it. This morning I pulled out my garden sketchbook and drew out my ideas. You can see the results above (click to enlarge).
I'm going to have four repetitions of the block of plants. The varying width of the bed and the window well at the north end make the repetitions a bit difficult, but I think it will work out OK.
Each plant block includes salvia, coreopsis, campanula, dwarf dahlia, catmint, dwarf iris and 4 types of daylilies. Spring bulbs will also be planted in a repeating pattern. The photos in this post represent the various colors that will be included.
Adding some needed height will be three climbing english roses. They will bloom in flushes throughout the season. 'Crown Princess Margareta' is shown above with the no-name dwarf dahlia.
The color scheme includes light and deep versions of rosy-pink, rosy-orange, yellow, and blue-violet. Around the window well, the color scheme will continue with groupings of bearded iris in golden yellow and blue-violet.
The blooms start with periwinkle muscari and deep blue-violet hyacinths, then periwinkle catmint and deep blue-violet salvia bloom from late May until frost. Other plants pass in and out of the color scheme. Golden yellow daffodils bloom, then golden iris, then 'Stella d'Oro' daylily, then the coreopsis continues the yellow element through fall. The rosy-pink and rosy-orange blooms from daylilies and dahlias will be welcome when they show up.
When it cools down next month, I'll start the large task of digging everything up, tossing the old lavender shrubs out, then dividing and replanting according to the new design. Someday I'm going to get really sick of transplanting the entire garden each year, but apparently I haven't reached that point yet. I look forward to posting pictures of the results next summer.