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The back yard

 

Ah, the back yard. Not much to say about it right now. Looks pretty in winter, doesn't it? Check out the pages for the back yard island and the kid's eye view for more photos and impressions.

Currently growing in the back yard

Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard)
Campanula portenschlagiana
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides' (fernspray false cypress)
Clematis hybrids
Clematis serratifolia
Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (sweet pepperbush)
Codonopsis lanceolata (bonnet bellflower)
Consolida regalis (regal knight's spur; field larkspur)
Cosmos sulphureus (yellow cosmos)
Cymbalaria pallida 'Albiflora' (Italian toadflax)
Digitalis lanata complex (foxglove)
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas' (meadowsweet)
Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson' (variegated Korean forsythia)
Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus (corn flags)
Iris xiphium (Dutch iris)
Kitaibelia vitifolia
Lilium (lilies (various species and hybrids))
Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Maackia amurensis
Magnolia 'Betty'
Myrrhis odorata (sweet cicely)
Narcissus 'Tahiti' (daffodil)
Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum; tupelo)
Orychophragmus violaceus (Chinese violet cress)
Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' (purple-leaf plum)
Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan' (flowering cherry)
Pycnanthemum pilosum (hairy mountain mint; American mountain mint)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Rosa 'Black Cherry' (rose)
Rosa 'Citrus Splash' (floribunda rose)
Rosa 'Knockout' series (Knock Out rose)
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' (corkscrew willow)
Sedum kamtschaticum (Kamtschat sedum)
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's blood' (caucasian stonecrop; two-row stonecrop)
Valeriana officinalis (common valerian; garden heliotrope)
Veronica longifolia 'Blauriesin' (long-leaf speedwell)

Firewood border

One of the latest little borders I dug along the fenceline surrounding the back yard is backed by our firewood pile - so I called it the firewood border. It gets morning sun and afternoon shade - not too bad conditions for many plants. It's still young, but already has some plants growing:
Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard' (glossy abelia)
Acanthus hungaricus (bear's breeches)
Aconitum hybrids (monkshood)
Amsonia rigida (stiff blue star)
Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson' and 'Honorine Jobert' (Japanese windflower (white forms))
Anthericum ramosum (branched St Bernard's lily)
Aquilegia formosa (Western red columbine)
Aquilegia shockleyi (desert columbine)
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
Asphodelus fistulosus
Callirhoe bushii (Bush's poppy mallow)
Campanula incurva (bellflower)
Campanula rhomboidalis
Campanula trachelium (bats-in-the-belfry, nettle-leaved bellflower)
Chionodoxa luciliae (glory of the snow)
Clematis serratifolia
Coreopsis hybrids (tickseed)
Cyananthus microphyllus
Delphinium delavayi
Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)
Digitalis fontanesii
Digitalis thapsi (pink foxglove)
Euphorbia polychroma (cushion spurge)
Filipendula palmata 'Nana' (Siberian meadowsweet)
Geranium psilostemon (cranesbill)
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' (witch hazel)
Helleborus x hybridus (lenten rose)
Inula sp. (elecampane)
Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine)
Leptodermis oblonga
Lobelia x gerardii (purple lobelia)
Papaver triniifolium (Armenian poppy)
Penstemon smallii (Small's penstemon)
Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox; woodland phlox)
Salvia nutans (nodding sage)
Solanum aethiopicum (scarlet eggplant)
Symphyotrichum ericoides f. prostratum 'Snow Flurry' (heath aster)
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Wood's Pink' and 'Wood's Purple' (New York aster)
Teucrium halacsyanum
Veronica austriaca (Hungarian speedwell)
Veronica spicata (spike speedwell)

Blueberry patch

Towards the back of the yard, just in front of the vegetable garden, sits an elongated patch primarily created to house blueberries and strawberries. On one of its ends is a rockpile centered by a boulder that was level with my lawn when I first started gardening. When I tried to extract it, I found it was too heavy to move – so instead I pried it up and put other sizeable rocks from the garden around it, all topped by a sundial. Over the years, some ornamentals have also found their way into the patch, which right about now contains most of the following plants:
Geranium wlassovianum (Wlassov's cranesbill)
Hemerocallis 'Crimson Shadows' (daylily)
Nigella damascena (love in a mist)
Orychophragmus violaceus (Chinese violet cress)
Strobilanthes attenuata
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

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Last modified: June 30, 2015
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