The front perennial border
The front perennial border, between the front walkway and our home's
foundation, is our oldest flower garden. In fact, when I first created it, I was
a pre-novice gardener who thought that "amending the soil" meant digging about
half a shovel deep, and mixing in a small bag or two of purchased top soil.
The results of this misjudgment stayed with us for a long time, until finally
a few years ago I made the effort to give it a big overhaul, and added plenty
of mushroom soil in the process.
Even so, this garden still has most of the all-clay-all-the-time
characteristics of our native soil. Early on in the garden's life, the south-facing
garden had its clay baked brutally in summer. But more recently, the Kwanzan cherry
planted in our front yard has started to cast considerable shade over this
border, which has necessitated a rethinking of the slate of perennials it
To stick with the foundation planting stereotype, we have a couple yews
planted in this strip - but to our credit, we don't prune them into stark
rectangles. Stage center is taken by a crape myrtle, and a
girl winterberry holly who wishes she lived closer to a boy so she could decorate
herself with even more berries. We tried to oblige her once, but the young chap
didn't survive. Still she sets plenty of fruit, so we're happy enough.
Since this was our first plant playground, many of our early favorites
were grown (and some still grow) here: lamb's ears, blue flax, red oriental
poppy, creeping phlox, maiden pink, candytuft, and Dragon's Blood sedum.
Maybe that's another reason we resisted that major make-over for so long...
A partial list of the plants growing in our front perennial border
March 15, 2014