Still have the same dilemma that I always have when planting. Beds usually become too crowded because the plants get bigger than I imagined they would. Or there is too much space around the plants.
This bed is visible from the front porch and front windows.
I like the colors and the plants individually but overall design needs work.
The yellow border is made up of Stonecrop Sedum. From a small start taken from my mother’s yard, I have scattered it around in several beds. This year I put some around the edge of one end of this bed to create a border.
The positive characteristics of this sedum is that it roots and spreads quickly, is drought tolerant, and covers nicely.
As soon as summer heats up, the yellow will disappear and leave tall dead stems that will need to be cut off, unless they don’t bother you. The green will become a dull greyish green. So it’s not a perfect plant.
This is the first Butterfly Weed (Asclepias) I’ve had that is covered in blooms with a bright orange color. I have two others in a different bed that look pretty bland.
This plant seems misnamed because it doesn’t attract butterflies like other plants that grow nearby.
In front of the Butterfly Weed Bush is a native Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis) that has filled out this year. A friend assured me that I would like it when she gave it to me. And she’s right even though the blooms are not large.
These Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum) have spread and bloomed like crazy this year. These were also a pass-along from a friend.
Not sure which specific Gomphera these are, but they are a neon magenta color. I planted them because I didn’t think last year’s Gomphera were coming back.
The Texas Bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum) have gotten leggy this year, so they are susceptible to being trampled by whatever creatures stomp through them at night.
Some interesting facts about Texas Bluebells:
The Japanese have been breeding them for over 70 years and know them as Lisianthus. They have developed pink, white and deep purple varieties with both single and double petals.
Texas Bluebells are little known now because they are so pretty. People have picked them so much that the native flowers haven’t been able to reseed in the wild.
Bluebell are delicate looking flowers but are hardy in nature, if left alone.
This monster just keeps growing. If it didn’t die in the winter, it might just take over the yard. I don’t remember what it is, but it was bought at a Lady Bird Johnson Center sale, so it’s a native.
Sandwiched between that plant on the left and the Cone Flowers on the right is another mystery plant. I don’t think I planted it, but it grew here last year, too. I keep waiting for it to bloom hoping to identify it. The leaves look like those of a mum. If it doesn’t bloom this year, it’s out of here.
The Cone Flowers(Echinacea) did a great job of reseeding because many more are coming up. The Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) with the red flowers did return but apparently did not seed. I’m still hoping that some of those seeds will set for next year.
Love the look and color of these Coneflowers.
The Blue Curls bush (Phacelia congesta) also is growing like a weed.
The Blue Curls flowers on stalks are a soft muted purple.
In fact, the bush has gotten so big that the wind whirligig won’t move.
The Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima) also is jammed up against a bush. Small clumps came up all around the original plants. I have moved several to get a fuller look at this end of the bed, but some four legged varmits keep digging them up.
Makes me wonder if I’ll ever get it right. I like a nice full look, but not this crowded.
Last year three small Strawberry Fields Gompheras (Gompherena haageana) were planted here. I asked the man at the nursery if they would reseed. He said “Maybe.”
This year I had given up hope but the other day noticed the mass of tiny plants.
They are already blooming and getting their height. So I have plenty of Gompheras to share.
Guess I’ll keep muddling along trying to get the look I want in the flower beds.
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