North Gardens - tune up discussion
Someone asked for pics of my garden, so combined pics and a bit of talking aloud about changes I've been thinking about.
Expanded my North Gardens a few years ago (2011) to make room for my potted purchases. Older pre-expansion areas have starting to get a bit overrun with ground covers and shade has gotten denser. Here is pre-expansion pic.
Newer addition is out to about tree drip line, so bright shade and seem to be good conditions for hosta.
I've rescued a few hosta that needed better light to this area, but I'm now to point where need to move a few and tune up the colors. Also planted quite a few seedlings from 2011 to fill out the bed. Some have earned a place and some will need to be moved.
Krossa Regal, Jaz, Fire Opal and Blue Cade anchor this side...quite a few light colors together in this border each a bit different....solid, margins and size. At least one in the border needs to be changes and maybe two.....I have Blue Flame (Fragrant Blue sport - soft blue with cream margins) that is getting squeezed that might look good along the border.
Next pics flow to the right in the garden.....Lakeside Shore Master I really like toward the front.....the two big yellows may need to be moved due to future size - one a nice seedling of On Stage that keeps its color(to right) and the other is a Captain's Adventure (Gold Standard genes) tissue culture that probably should have been culled in production, but growth and color are great.
Blue Flame is in the middle and mentioned for possible border in a prior pic, I didn't figure the yellow to the left would get so big. The dark centered one is Dark Shadows and from tour gardens I expect this to get big.
This is the next section to the right - need a bright in the upper left quadrant amongst all those blue-greens... There are a couple of smaller trees that will be removed and this will brighten area a bit more.
Mostly smalls or sm-med in this area. Sitting pretty is getting overgrown and may need removal, but overall this area is good for me. Lots of texture and decent scale to each other.
The big light green seedling toward the middle is probably getting moved out, along with Christmas Pageant next to it. CP is getting ratty edges and too similar and close to the brighter edged Patriot. Thinking about moving one of the Striptease sports like Gypsy Rose to this spot. Also the two side by side yellows...the bigger leaf is another seedling and will get removed.
Lots of future big hosta in this area - Hoosier Dome and Blue Mammoth and behind it along with Krugerrand are the anchors. The blue-green seedling in front of Krugerrand is a keeper as well.
I think the solids don't get considered enough in hosta centric gardens....sometimes too much bright variations in an area look busy for my tastes. The solids help to set up adjoining hostas.
Thanks for taking a look. Please share your thoughts and ideas.