According to the character in the Robert Frost poem, “good fences make good neighbors.” We’ll see. I think my neighbor is putting up a fence primarily so he wont’ see my recycling container any more, although he claims it’s just so his girlfriend will have something for roses to climb on.
Anyway, the fence will create all kinds of minor inconveniences, since there will be only about 3 feet between it and my house on the east side, so painting or doing any other home maintenance will be more of a challenge.
It will also constrict access to my back yard. One of two gates in my fence is right next to the house there, and in a rock area next to the house, four fairly good-sized clumps of hostas are growing. The hostas will have to go, as the fence will force us to use the rocky area as a walkway. I’m OK with that, however, as I have some bare and shady garden space in back which should be good hosta habitat as long as the ubiquitous bunnies let them grow (the darn rabbits are the reason there is any bare room in any of my gardens it the first place).
There is also a very narrow (from 6 inches to maybe a little over 1-foot) strip of yard between a rock wall edging my driveway and the fence. It will be impossible to mow the grass in that strip due to its narrowness.
So, I have to plan a new garden. There’s a sliver lining to any cloud.
The area between the fence and the rock walkway next to the house will be very narrow and will get mid-day sun, but only briefly. Since hostas have done so well in that area already, I’m planning on lily of the valley and columbine—does anybody know where to to get pink lily of the valley?
The north end of the garden will get more light. Next to the house, I should have some shade-tolerant plants, so one of the clumps of hostas I have to remove maybe won’t move very far.
I am planning on maybe putting in one or two trellises for morning glories, the only annual plant I want to put in this area.
Anybody have suggestions for part-sun perennials for this garden? I don’t want to do any bushes, even small ones, because I want only plants that will die down to the ground each fall—the location of this garden means I will need the area for piling snow in the winter. While I know annuals can be fun, I’m partial to perennials because I love the plant them once and leave then alone approach to gardening.
• I like cone flowers, but have a number of the “usual” garden ones already. If anybody knows where the native yellow, or other unusual colors might be available, I would be interested—but I won’t do a lot of cone flowers. I don’t like the green ones, by the way.
• I may avoid peonies. I like them, but I have then elsewhere. However, I might consider the “narrow leaf” ones, I think they might be called “Chinese” peonies? Don’t have any of those right now, just the “usual” ones.
• I won’t do any black-eyed-susans, not because I dislike them, but because I’ve got plenty of them elsewhere.
• A few hollyhocks may go at the far north end (the sunniest spot) of this garden. I have hollyhocks in back, but they are black. They look kind of cool, but I would like a few pink and white ones somewhere, and this may be the spot.
• I’m sure I’ll do some bulbs this fall—tulips and crocuses and daffodils, for example. I may also try a few irises, but irises are a personal heart-breaker for me—a plant I can apparently easily grow, but can’t get to bloom. I have all kinds of green daggers sticking up all over my gardens with no darn irises on them. Did a witch cast an anti-Iris spell when she cast the no-food-bearing-plants spell on my garden? Hmm. Empirical evidence suggests it may be so.
• I’ll probably mix in a few native lilies. I have some ditch “tiger” lilies in spots where they don’t bloom (not enough sun in a few areas) so I may move those to this new garden.
Even with all these plans, I’ll have a little (although, honestly, only a little) room left. Ideas? I’m particularly interested in later season flowers–with the tulips, irises (maybe), lilies and hollyhocks, I’ll have summer taken care of …