Last year we worked with Bradley Band and his Eagle Scout troup and improved the border alongside the hedge under the trees. The ty plants and ginger have flourished, but the shrimp plants did not survive and the golden sedums we planted along the front of the border did not like the damp conditions during the summer. We have now underplanted with dark red leaved Caladiums which should spread through the border. This is really a ‘hot’border
The center border was filled with Mexican petunia surrounded by box hedging. The box was attacked by a fungus so during the summer the landscaper removed it and then killed off the Mexican petunia leaving us with a lovely empty bed.
We wanted to make this a ‘cool’ pastel border with calming and soothing plants
We have two yellow tabebuia trees on either side and in between we have planted three Brunfelsia plants – also know as yesterday, today and tomorrow. This plant flowers throughout the year with purple flowers which change to mauve and then white over a few days.
At either end of the bed we have planted Evolvulus Blue Daze variety – Blue my Mind – I think this was recommended at a recent talk by Robert Bowden. They will spread to about 18 inches across, height 12 inches and like full sun.
The three bowl pots came from East Lawn and we have planted them with Aptenia variegata, Heartleaf Ice Plant which is a trailing succulent which has small red flowers. It is drought tolerant and also likes full sun.
In between the bowls we have planted Dianella or Flax Lily. These will grow into clumps of variegated leaves with small blue flowers in winter and spring. Once again a drought tolerant plant.
Around the edge of the border we have planted clumps of variegated Aztec grass, Liriope muscari and Tulbaghia or Society Garlic. Both of these plants should be deer resistant.
We plan to add more lilies during the next few months
Finally at the other end of the garden, the bench has been relocated and is planted on either side with red bromeliads which came from the Give Kids the World garden. They seem to be liking the shade under the trees.