GARDENS BY THE BAY
CORNER GARDEN CONSTRUCTION
Our first garden was situated in the southeast corner of the lot. It would have two sections, one running north-south, the other east-west, with a cedar rail fence down the centre of each section, intersecting near the southeast corner of the bed. The fence would provide a nice backdrop for our perennial plantings, the posts vertical elements onto which vines could be trained. These were installed at 8' intervals.
Soil here is nearly non-existent. Digging down only unearths hundreds of small stones, mostly flat, averaging from thumb to palm size, with the occasional boulder thrown in. We therefore settled on the idea of raising the beds well above ground level to avoid having to dig into this rocky terrain.
The images below show this garden at several stages during its construction. In my mind, I envisioned how each section would look in the future. To see what was eventually achieved here, click on each image. A picture of that section of garden during spring or summer 2006 will appear in a new window.
Some blasting had recently been done along local roads for installation of new telephone poles. Tons of small rough-edged rocks thus produced were waiting in the ditches alongside for us to put them to use. We relocated dozens and used them to mark the perimeter of our first garden bed.
The southeast corner of this new bed was on a steep slope, just perfect for the use of railroad ties to raise the level in that area to that of the front section.
The height of the backside created a deep hollow inside the ties which needed to be filled in. We threw in old angelstone that had been lying around for years and other bits and miscellaneous pieces to fill at least 2/3 of the huge hole.
Next came the soil, raked and levelled and clearly not deep enough for the plants I intended to use nor for the bulbs which would be essential for early spring colour.
Back to the ditches we went for a second layer of rock, laid slightly back from the first tier. We would later find the soil pockets created by this process ideal for many small rock-loving plants, including Hens and Chicks.
Enough soil was added to make the entire bed level and we were ready for planting.
To see the next step in the creation of our Corner Garden, follow the link to Corner Garden Planting. Or follow any of the links further below for lots of information about plants, their companions and site preferences.
The image at the top of this page is 'Silver Arrow' Miscanthus. To learn more about this wonderful ornamental grass, follow the link to Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberpfeil'.
The image around this page is an edited version of the lovely mustard-yellow large-flowered daylily cultivar 'El Desperado'. It has a wine purple eyezone above a green throat. The cultivar was registered in 1991, has scapes 28" high, blooms 5" across, and a Late bloom season. This is the result of a cross between Hemerocallis 'El Bandito' and Hemerocallis 'Blackberry Candy'.
To discover more wonderful forms of Hemerocallis and the companions that suit them best, follow the link to our own Butterfly Magnets & Their Companions page and from there to even more daylily links arranged by colour.
To research all registered Daylily cultivars visit the
American Hemerocallis Society Daylily Database. You will be amazed at all you can learn there. Bookmark us before you leave however since we want you to be able to come back here.
All of our own Gardens By The Bay pages can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
GARDEN POETRY |
GARDEN POETRY MUSE
GEORGIAN BAY VIEW
BOTANICAL LATIN - BASICS
CORNER GARDEN CONSTRUCTION  |
CORNER GARDEN PLANTING |
EAST GARDEN |
HOSTA GARDEN |
NORTH GARDEN |
BLUE PERENNIALS Aconitum -
Iris - Vinca
BULBS Allium - Hyacinthus |
Narcissus only |
Tulipa only |
BUTTERFLY MAGNETS Anaphalis - Hemerocallis |
Liatris - Veronicastrum
DAYLILIES Spider & Unusual Form
EDGERS Arabis - Iris |
Nepeta - Veronica
Alchemilla - Tanacetum
HOSTA Hosta - all
HUMMINGBIRD-FRIENDLY PERENNIALS Alcea - Salvia
ORANGE PERENNIALS Achillea - Tulipa
ORNAMENTAL GRASSES Acorus - Imperata |
Miscanthus - Spodiopogon
PINK PERENNIALS Achillea - Lilium |
Lychnis - Veronica
PURPLE PERENNIALS Aconitum - Liatris |
Polemonium - Veronica
RED PERENNIALS Achillea - Veronica
SHADE PERENNIALS Aegopodium - Erythronium |
Ferns - Polemonium |
Polygonatum - Vinca
SILVER FOLIAGE PERENNIALS
Achillea - Cerastium
Cornus - Limonium
Lunaria - Veronica
SIMPLY SPECIAL PERENNIALS Acanthus - Saxifraga
WHITE PERENNIALS Achillea - Iris |
Kalimeris - Yucca
YELLOW PERENNIALS Achillea - Hypericum |
Inula - Verbascum
VARIEGATED-FOLIAGE PERENNIALS Acorus - Erythronium |
Hakonechloa - Lysimachia |
Miscanthus - Yucca
Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies' |
Geum coccineum |
Kerria japonica |
Paeonia tenuifolia |
Papaver somniferum |
Salvia 'East Friesland'
Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
DIVISION - SPRING ONLY |
DIVISION - FALL ONLY |
DIVISION - SPRING OR FALL |
DO NOT DIVIDE
ORNAMENTAL GRASSES |
LOCAL GARDENS |
GARDENING BOOKS |