A wet garden and Mimulus cardinalis--Has anyone grown this?
Hi everyone. I'm planning a partial shade, "wet footed" hummingbird garden at my mother's house. We have an orange trumpet vine climbing up the bricks that has been flowering sparsely, but is attracting the birds. I've also begun feeding them sugar water, and really enjoyed their visits before their departure.
Our soil is really irritating. It is slightly alkaline, thin, rocky, and way too well drained. What we have is the impossible combination of partial shade and soil that gets very dry. Digging deep, and adding organic matter is helpful, but it seems that when you're sitting on broken limestone and sandstone, the soil still dries out too easily.
With all this in mind, I decided to take portions of the perennial garden, dig them deep--2 1/2 to 3 feet deep, and install plastic pond liners. I would puncture the liners in the top foot or so to improve surface drainage, and fill them with some nice soil from a friend's raised bed vegetable garden that he is giving up on.
Delighted with the hummingbirds, I've decided to plant Monarda "Cambridge Scarlet" and Mimulus cardinalis. Both are said to like partial shade and wet to occasionally even boggy conditions. I have never grown Monarda, but know others who have and am confident it should do well and be attractive to the birds. However, I've never grown Mimulus of any sort. M. cardinalis (the Scarlet Monkeyflower) is a hardy perennial. It is said to enjoy partial shade, and likes its feet wet, so to speak. It also is supposedly attractive to hummingbirds.
Has anyone grown this plant? Did it do well? What were your growing conditions, and was it a hit with the hummingbirds? I think it's a bit of an obscure plant, so I'm just hoping someone out there has some experience with it.
Thanks in advance....