Country Gardens

A year ago Chris and John decided to create a new perennial bed on the east side of their home. This is an ideal area as the background for the garden is an assortment of trees with wild flowers and vines. They cleared the area and tilled the soil to prepare for the new bed. Some branches were clipped and they chose a sweeping circular shape for the large garden. The length is approximately seventy-five feet and the depth varies from five to ten feet.

New Garden

The garden is just beginning to take shape with a few ornamental statues and a pretty birdbath. Let’s take a look at some of the perennials in this bed. Her ‘Silver Princess’ (Shasta Daisy) is a dwarf Daisy. The petals are white and at the center of each is a prominent yellow eye. It is an excellent plant for garden display and cutting but should be given some care and attention. Divide the clumps about every three years and mulch around the plants in May. Deadhead spent blooms and cut down the stems to ground level in autumn. Any well-drained soil will do and this plant thrives in full sun.

The shrub rose is a Grootendorst Supreme which has fringed magenta flowers that are continually in bloom from June until heavy frost. They are iron hardy and make an ideal hedge or border. The handsome foliage of this rose is disease resistant and this type will flourish in exposed locations without winter protection.

Shasta Daisy Bullet Grootendorst Supreme

Chris has Calendula ‘Lemon Queen’ and ‘Orange King’ scattered throughout this beautiful garden. This old garden plant was once widely used as a kitchen herb but now it is grown as a trouble free summer flowering plant. This pretty little plant thrives best in poor soil and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. The great news is the self- seeding so you are rewarded the following year with more plants. I think it is so lovely with the perfectly circular heads and always cheery in any garden.

The Lychnis (Campion) did so well in this new garden and reached a height of over two feet. Campions are sun lovers bearing flowers which are generally red or pink. You must water copiously in dry weather and deadhead to prolong the flowering display. Cut down the stems to ground level in autumn. This flower blooms from June to August. The L. coronaria (Rose Campion) which is in the garden are borne in loose sprays above the grey foliage and the colours are magenta and white. This plant thrives best in well-drained garden soil and full sun. To increase your stock, divide clumps in autumn.

Calendula Bullet Lychnis (Campion)

Cosmea (Cosmos) is a popular plant which is easily recognized by its slender shape and delicate ferny foliage. The large flowers which look like single Dahlias can be grown in pots or flowerbeds. Stake the tall varieties and remove dead blooms to prolong the flowering season. They grow in any well-drained garden soil and require a sunny spot. They bloom from July to October.

This Sedum is a low growing one with thick mats of leaves and showy red flowers in late summer. These fleshy leaved plants thrive in hot and dry conditions with an ability to cover rocks and walls. Many are rock garden plants but some are grown in the herbaceous border. Any well-drained garden soil will do and they thrive best in full sun. Divide the clumps in autumn or spring.

Cosmos Bullet Sedum)

Christine has a variety of flowering shrubs, annuals, perennials and a few large boulders to add interest and texture to this garden. The beauty of this particular site is the size; it is large and rambling with so much interest. Strolling along this garden is a real pleasure.

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