What’s in the Garden? updated

I’ve been creating some gardens in our yard this late summer/early fall.  Details on plants below (zone 4b-5a), but first a little background.

backyard, May 2010
backyard, May 2010

When we moved in, around this time last year, we knew we would eventually want a fence around part of the property so that the dog could run free, off harness and leash. As we trudged out with her on winter morning after winter morning, we only felt more strongly about this. By spring, it was also clear that although we have a very large tiled and glassed-in sunroom, we would also want an outdoor living space, for soaking up vitamin D, entertaining, and eating al fresco.

By the time we were ready to start thinking in terms of a design for the backyard, it was April or early May. We found Jim (and his company), who could do the patio, garden bed prepping and some other minor landscaping tasks (replacing our eyesore of a septic pump cover — the

dogloo, July 2010

Dogloo® — with a flatter and less obtrusive cover, taking out shrubs, moving wood, hauling brush,  adding loam and grass seed to low places in the yard, taking out a small fuel line, and probably more I’m forgetting) and who was willing to tackle installing a metal fence; at this point we weren’t even sure what kind of fence we wanted — we eventually saw one on a trip to the Berkshires in late May that led us to the fence we have now, the Ideal Style Carolina #403, in bronze (i.e., brown).

Of course, Jim and crew were booked up through June, so work on the patio began just after 4th July. Two weeks later, we had an attractive patio and some garden beds, which I planted. (Those are the sunroom border, the shade garden borders, and the kitchen garden, all in the backyard.)

patio, 21 july 2010
patio, 21 july 2010
sunroom border, Aug 2010
sunroom border, Aug 2010
walkway shade garden, Aug 2010
walkway shade garden, Aug 2010

Then we waited for the fence to arrive, which took 3-4 weeks, at the tail end of August. By Thursday last week the fence was installed and all the miscellaneous tasks and the garden beds were finished; 3 yards of mulch and about 25 more plants (including trees and shrubs) were delivered; and I was able to spend a couple of days planting and mulching.

backyard border, Sept 2010
backyard border, Sept 2010
backyard with evergreens and border, Sept. 2010
backyard with evergreens and border, Sept. 2010
patio with weigela, bench, Sept 2010
patio with weigela, bench, Sept 2010

Last week we bought and planted more shrubs, and this week I’m added  24 more perennials and a few more shrubs (Princess/Prince hollies and variegated hydrangeas). Plus 2 more yards of mulch and 6 bags of compost (after we used up our own).

The garden (backyard and side yard) is shaping up, and once the grass comes in, it should look pretty good. Even better next year and the year after, I hope.

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Plants >


Already in place:

large apple tree (heavily pruned in lower story)

large maple (pruned in lower story)

a wooded strip way in the back, about 15′ wide – mixed pine and deciduous trees, plus shrubs (native daphnes, others)


a large bed of mint, tulips and daffs, a Japanese barberry, a sad little rose; large hydrangea and large bleeding heart were removed and replanted elsewhere



1 pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

1 weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’)

1 ‘Tina’ crabapple (Malus ‘Tina’)

3 lilacs: 1 Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’ ; 1 Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation” ; 1 Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitsa Moskvy’ (‘Beauty of Moscow’)


1 dwarf Japanese holly (Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’)

2 junipers of some variety, light green, about 1′ tall

2 Weigela ‘Midnight Wine’

2 Nanho Blue butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii ‘Nanho Blue’) – leaves are thin and silvery, plant is more dwarf than other varieties

1 pieris Japonica ‘Red Mill’

1 bleeding heart (Dicentra), transplanted from another spot

2 variegated lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailday’)

Perennials and grasses

3 Filipendula: 2 F. ulmaria ‘Aurea’ ; 1 F. purpurea ‘Nephele’

3 Penstemon ‘Jingle Bells’

2 silver-edged thyme (Thymus vulgaris ‘Argentus’)

3 Dianthus aka Cheddar Pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Fire Witch’)

8 Sedum: 4 S. selskianum ‘Spirit’ ; 2 S. ‘Carl’ ; 1 S. siebodii ‘October Daphne’; 1 S. forsterianum ”Oracle’

3 Veronica: 2 Veronica ‘High Five’ ; 1 other variety

1 sea holly (Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’)

1 Lavender ‘Provence’

1 Salvia ‘Purple Rain’

1 globe thistle (Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Globe’)

2 false indigo (Baptisia australis)

5 Miscanthus: 2 ‘Little Zebra’; 1 M. sinensis ‘Adagio’; 2 M. sinensis ‘Gracilimus’

1 switch grass: Panicum Virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

3 golden hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)

1 Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia)

3 Astilbe: 2 Astilbe ‘Bridal veil’ ; 1 Astilbe ‘Peach Blossom’

2 European wild ginger  (Asarum eauropeum)

1 Anemone aka windflower (Anemone tormentosa ‘Robustissima’)

5 Hostas: 1 ‘Francis Williams’ ; 2 ‘Majeste’ ; 1 ‘Blue Cadet’; 1 ‘Gold Standard’

2 winter berry (Gaultheria procumbens ‘Very Berry’)

3 Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’)

2 heartleaf Brunnera (Brunnera ‘Kings Ransom’)

2 culver root (Veronica ‘Fascination’)

2 heather: Calluna vulgaris ‘ Rosea’

1 heath: possibly Erica ‘Furzey’

1 Trollius (Trollius europaeus ‘Superbus’)

2 yarrow (Achillea ‘Moonshine’)

1 Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

3 Persicaria ‘Painters Palette’

1 Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’

4 Geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’)

Side yard (S/SE) (not including rock wall):

Already in place:

1 large (non-blooming, so far) rose

1 large honeysuckle shrub

honeysuckle, May 2010
honeysuckle, May 2010


1 dying daphne


1 Nikko Blue hydrangea – replanted from its original area

hydrangea blossom, July 2010
hydrangea blossom, July 2010

2 Blue Princess/Prince hollies (Ilex meserveae ‘ Blue Princess /Prince’)

weeping crabapple ‘Jade’ (Malus ‘Red Jade’)

2 rhododendrons ‘Olga Mezitt’

3 Lenten roses: 2 Helleborus foetidus; 1 Lenten rose ‘Royal Heritage’ strain (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage’)

2 lilacs: Syringa vulgaris ‘Bailbelle’ (‘Tinkerbelle’)

5 smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima ‘Anita Kistler’)

6 Russian sage: 4 Perovskia atriplicifolia; 1 P. atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’ (short); 1 P. atriplicifolia ‘Longin’ (tall)

1 Rhamnus frangula ‘Fine Line’

Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line', Sept 2010
Rhamnus frangula 'Fine Line', Sept 2010

Front yard:

Already in place:

4 massive clumps of heavily blooming rhododendrons, variety unknown, mixture of white, purple and red – cut back

Rhodies, May 2010
Rhodies, May 2010

1 white birch that’s seen better days (ice storm damaged) – will probably replace with a river birch next year

2 large blue spruce

1 dogwood shrub, heavily pruned near ground

2 euonymus

1 tulip poplar, very lovely foliage and flowers

Tulip poplar bloom, June 2010
Tulip poplar bloom, June 2010

several azaleas near two boulders in separate areas of the front yard – gorgeous in bloom, fiery orange and reddish varieties

azaleas, late May 2010
azaleas, late May 2010
azalea blooms, late May 2010
azalea blooms, late May 2010

some purple tall phlox near the azaleas, in bloom now

a few scattered clumps of daffodils

4 peonies, dwarfed and shaded by overgrown rhodies — will be addressed next year when we work on the front garden

clump of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’


Nothing yet.


Nothing yet (part of S side yard extends to front, however).

Planning to add Iris in spring.

Side yard (N/NW):

Already in place:

a linear row of very tall orange day lilies (looks artificial but I don’t feel like moving them)

4 or 5 small hostas

3 or 4 clumps of violets

up on a hill: large blue spruce, now cleared of vines and understory trees; large patch of raspberry bushes, heavily weeded


1 large yew that deer used as chew toy

10×6′ mass of prostrate juniper smack dab in the middle of grass, with bare roots all over the surface of the ground (unattractive, and a mowing nightmare)


Nothing yet other than grass.


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