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Rigby, Idaho (Zone 4b)
Jun 7, 2015 8:54 PM CST
|I'm on my third growing season in my home and my borders and beds are starting to fill in. Yay! |
However, this area next to my front porch and walk needs a little tweaking. I like the billowy look, but there is a little too much "sameness". I'm thinking it needs a different texture, such as lamb's ear. Maybe similar heights is the problem?
Thanks in advance!
P.S. Right now the main players are centranthus ruber (red valerian, Jupiter's beard), various columbines (white, burgundy, pink), campanula (peach leaved bellflower), and walker's low nepeta. Also, I'm in zone 4.
Jun 9, 2015 9:35 PM CST
|so I am assuming this is in full sun? |
Jun 10, 2015 8:00 AM CST
|I think every planting needs something blue!|
But it is nice the way it is!
Jun 10, 2015 8:31 AM CST
|you have too many little things. You need something with some bulk, something with a large leaf, maybe even not a plant at all. How about a stand with a bird house on top or a gazing ball?|
Jun 10, 2015 8:51 AM CST
|I guess I should be more specific, you don't have a focal point. Something that pops out at the person when they see it. A main attraction.|
Jun 11, 2015 3:06 AM CST
|How about a large dramatic flowered plant like a lily clump.|
Jun 11, 2015 6:44 AM CST
|The space remaining doesn't appear to be enough for a large-leaved plant with light color tones, so I'd agree with the garden art assessment. Choose something proportional that's light colored, or with visual heft, and or curves...like the gazing ball mentioned previously. Once there's a centerpiece to catch the eye, the sameness of plant heights and leaf sizes will become complimentary, and less of a distraction. |
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Rigby, Idaho (Zone 4b)
Jun 11, 2015 8:18 AM CST
|Thanks everyone! I love your ideas. |
The spot does get a good amount of sun, with afternoon shade. I'm open to removing some of the self-sown pink columbine to make room for whatever plant or art is added.
I have the beginnings of a lily clump there (I dug up one precious Conca d'or bulb from a small patch in another border).
I have some purple sensation alliums in another bed, I bet a handful of those would give this area the focal point it needs in the late spring, then the lilies would take center stage for a few weeks in summer.
Sep 12, 2015 10:20 PM CST
|A big leafed hosta, a tall slender siberian iris or a grass like Pennisetum or Carex|