by Doctor Science
The garden at our new house needs a lot of work. I'm planning on doing it in stages. First, I went to the Native Plant sale yesterday, and got:
Clockwise from pink flowers:
- pink Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
- Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) -- they've already bloomed, I'm hoping for seeds
- Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
- two Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
- Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) -- this is a new one for me
- two 'Larinem Park' Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)
- Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
- two Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
As you may know, there's a cultural divide (heh) among gardeners, between "gardeners who use Latin names" and "gardeners who use English names". I'm mostly a Latin-namer while my mother is an English-namer, which can be confusing for everybody.
Cutting here for multiple images.
Most of those flowers will go in the areas near the house where the ground has been left absolutely bare by the construction and hardscape workers:
The soil is clay with rocks, we're on a hill yet mostly shady, zone 6b, and dry enough that there's not much poison ivy -- which is truly remarkable for NJ.
Further up, there is a pretty sad-looking set of Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus) shrubs:
I've never grown these before -- they're not NJ natives. Do those of you with experience think they'll come back from their construction-related trauma? What would go well in front of them, where there's a couple feet of bare dirt?
Some years ago I gave my mom some Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) and blue Phlox stolonifera, and I'll be bringing some back with me when I go up to New England again, 2 weeks from now. Also some Jack-in-the-Pulpits and some of her yellow Stonecrop, I think.
The Asarum and Jack-in-the-Pulpits will go here, at the front of the house:
That's a Boston Ivy, waiting for some more actual soil and to get planted. I think I'll also put in ferns and violets -- this wall faces north, and never gets direct sun. And yes, the house was built in 1915. Did you know that renovation is more expensive when the house contains *no* right angles?
Speaking of construction, when we get the wall repaired here:
I think I'm going to try some "part-sun to sun" flowers, because this spot only gets shade late and early. Maybe Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) and Butterfly-Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), which are pretty and deer-resistant, with daffodils for spring. The previous owners put things like hostas and lilies, which are nothing but deer food around here.
Talk about your gardens, give me advice, natter!