Colorful fence

threedogsmomJune 6, 2014

This section of fence gets good sun for most of the afternoon. I planted the majority of plants about 3 yrs ago, so they are mingling nicely by now. We have a purple clematis, 2 different honeysuckles, and John Cabot rose with sweet autumn clematis rounding out the far end of the fence. It smells pretty darn good over here right now! This view is from the backyard side.

The front of this fence is what I would call a hell strip- bordered by hot pavement driveway and the dirt below is very gravelly from construction of the driveway. Will take a pic from the front tomorrow. I have taken inspiration for the hell strip from High Country Gardens catalog and combined blue catmint, yellow coreopsis, and pink centranthus while filling in win seedling phlox, Purple Rooster bee balm, and coneflower, with some returning summer bulbs thrown in there too. Oh, and there's some potted tomatoes and snap peas in there too, because with a cottage garden, there is no wrong answer!!

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So very pretty! What is the plant in front (no flowers)? I have one that appears similar to that (no flowers), and am at a loss as to what it is.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 9:58PM
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The tall plant in front is bee balm. The Purple Roster variety is so pretty and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, which is why I grow it. I had extra from the front of the fence last yr and moved a piece to back here, and it has spread and will bloom soon. It will need to move towards the back of this bed since it is about 26 in tall. A great pass along plant!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 10:19PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Beautiful! Such a lush planting with all the vines and rose getting along so nicely! Well done!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 7:38AM
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Thanks, ravensfan, I hope it is indeed Bee Balm, am eagerly watching to see if it blooms, although from what I read here in Texas it should be blooming by now.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 10:34PM
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Lilyfinch z7 mid tn

What a beautiful area you created !! I love how lush everything looks. The clematis looks so full for being 3 years old!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:43PM
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