Hydrangeas forum: Planted a new Hydrangea Garden, 2018

Views: 293, Replies: 10 » Jump to the end
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Aug 1, 2018 9:50 AM CST
I planted a new hydrangea garden. Consists of 9 hydrangeas and a few other plants: Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist', Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket', Geranium 'Brookside', Heuchera 'Pertty Perrine', Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle', Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle® Mini Mauvette 'NCHA7', Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blaumeise', Hydrangea macrophylla 'Forever Pink', Hydrangea macrophylla 'Glowing Embers', Hydrangea macrophylla Cityline Venice® 'Venice Raven', Hydrangea macrophylla Kaleidoscope™ 'Hobella', Hydrangea macrophylla LA Dreamin® 'Lindsey Ann', Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee', Rosa 'BAIrage' Easy Elegance® All The Rage™, Spiraea japonica Double Play® Candy Corn® 'NCSX1'

It is mostly shady. The right side does get some morning sun

Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/60fde9 Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/e89b76

I installed a drip irrigation system for the hydrangeas, but I ended up dripping all 15 new plants. I used 2 water heads that are designed to convert an under ground sprinkler system in to a drip system. I do not have a sprinkler system, but these worked well. I used two different methods for the emitters: simple 2 GPH drip emitters and a drip line with emitters every 6" that circled the plant. I used 2 feet of drip line, with 4 emitters, .5 GPH for each emitter. See the photos..


Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/d24a75 Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/f671e4


Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/e04bda Thumb of 2018-08-01/frankrichards16/829bcb

Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Aug 2, 2018 11:11 AM CST
Awesomwe tubing work, Frank! I should get into a drip irrigation class to help extend my system. A landscape company set it up 15 years ago when the old sprinkler system failed.
[Last edited by luis_pr - Aug 2, 2018 11:11 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1777809 (2)
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Aug 2, 2018 11:24 AM CST
How big is your yard Frank? How do you go about converting lawn into prepped beds for your plants?
Name: Kim H
Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a)
Roses
Image
EnglishAmerican1
Aug 2, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Looks great! I'd love to be able to do a system like this in my yard. Just not there yet.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Aug 2, 2018 6:49 PM CST
@kousa

I probably have ~2 acres of lawn. Many gardens...

When I convert lawn to garden, I cull the grass (roundup) and usually add compost. A few years ago, I ordered 18 yards of compost for the gardens (big truck, lots of work). I used it as mulch, nature did the hard work. Also, when I add new plants to a garden bed, I use the "compost mulch" to prepare for new additions. I do compost all my kitchen scraps, but the output is insignificant.

My driveway is about 1000 foot long. Probably 1/2 acres of grass along the drive. Trees & Shrubs are only on the west side.

My new hydrangea garden is a small garden along the drive that had a few rose and other shrubs that I culled.

I have a 35 acre farm. I rent 30 acres to a local farmer who plants corn, soy beans and winter wheat. I handle the rest:)

Thumb of 2018-08-03/frankrichards16/0d3cb9
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Aug 4, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Thank You! Frank for sharing an aerial view of your home and garden! You live quite away from your neighbors as your home looks like it is surrounded by your farm. It is beautiful piece of land and it looks like you are really enjoying your property and live the life! It is like a piece of Eden to me. I hope you will post pics of your blooming hydrangeas. I would love to see them!
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
Image
Frenchy21
Sep 15, 2018 11:24 AM CST
Your house and gardens look beautiful in that aerial photo Frank!
I have just treated a 10' by 10' raised bed with Roundup because it was taken over by a spreading weed. How long should I wait before putting plants into that bed?
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Sep 15, 2018 2:21 PM CST
After applying roundup, you can plant potted nursery plants in a day or so. If seeding, 3 days is the magic number. I usually wait a week or so, after I can see the weeds turning brown.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
Image
Frenchy21
Sep 15, 2018 2:45 PM CST
Thanks Frank. That's great. I can start planting perennials as soon as it cools off here. It's at my mom's so I'll be planting easy care plants since I have to take care of them. Smiling
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Sep 16, 2018 1:31 AM CST
frankrichards16 said:After applying roundup, you can plant potted nursery plants in a day or so. If seeding, 3 days is the magic number. I usually wait a week or so, after I can see the weeds turning brown.


Hello, Frank. Good to know. I am tinkering with the idea of using RU to combat a trumpet vine. The only concern I have is if RU will drift with the wind and affect nearby shrubs' leaves so I decided to wait until most of the shrubs go dormant in the Fall and apply RU when the leaves have dried out.

Hmm, just had a thought. I may need to ck how old the RU bottle is or if it has an expiration date. Too late to ck that now, though.
[Last edited by luis_pr - Sep 16, 2018 1:34 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1818520 (10)
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
Image
Frenchy21
Sep 16, 2018 5:05 PM CST
@luis_pr you might want to check out the RU for Poison Ivy and other hard to kill vines and brush:
https://www.roundup.com/en-us/...

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Hydrangeas forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Large cup Narcissus"