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GARDENS BY THE BAY

Miscanthus 'Gracillimus', 'Silberpfeil' & 'Zebrinus' in late summer

CORNER GARDEN PLANTING


With bed construction complete, it was time to add perennials. Some were brought from home, some were provided by gardening friends and, of course, no gardener can resist the urge to buy something new and untried.

My early records indicate I planted about 125 different species between the fall of 1992 and the spring of 1993, with another 15 or more added during that summer along with a variety of bulbs. This did not seem excessive when each section measured over 25 feet in length and more than 9 feet deep.

Over time the perennials filled in, beautiful spring-blooming bulbs were added, clashing or badly sited plants were relocated and the crowning glory, ornamental grasses, were moved into place. Colourful edgers were planted to spill over the rocks and green and red-foliaged Hens and Chicks were gradually tucked into soil pockets in the rocks.For more about edging plants and their companions, follow the link to the first of two pages of Edging Perennials & Their Companions.

lots of foliage in spring

By the summer of 2000, over 60 plants circled the perimeter of this bed, with something planned to be in bloom from earliest spring to late fall. Filling in the center space are hundreds of other perennials, grasses, bulbs and vines, not necessarily the originals since there were inevitable losses over time.

Corner Garden and Arbour from the southwestCorner Garden and Arbour from the west

The appearance is different later the same summer, after an arbour was built and installed.

Corner Garden in spring 2000

By spring 2001, the fernleaf peony, a gift from a generous gardening friend nearby, bloomed in all its glory, all the more dramatic because of the early spring-blooming purple rock cress nearby. Follow the link for a profile of the Fernleaf Peony with all the information you will need for its care and placement.

creeping phlox and anemone on east side

Viewed from the north along the raised east side, the vibrant lavender, pink and deep magenta of the three creeping phlox edgers contrast with the stark white of a spring-blooming anemone in the north section and the glorious purple blooms of an early clematis growing up the post at the south end.

clematis, aubrieta and narcissus on south side

Viewed from the east along the south side of the bed, various shades of aubrieta co-bloom with the same clematis, rigid narcissus stalks and a creamy-yellow dwarf iris. And to the right, both blue and white forget-me-nots bloom among magenta spiderwort and the first dangling blooms on the Solomon's seal.

mid-summer colours

By mid-summer the ornamental grasses have leapt upwards from among the yellows, purples, pinks, whites and the occasional hint of red of lush perennials, but are still shorter than the towering spikes of Black Snakeroot on the far side of the rail fence.

September-October in the Corner Garden

By September/October the flowerheads on the grasses have stretched high overhead, the heavy plumes of the miscanthus beside the arbour contrasting with the wispy, long-stalked heads on the tall purple moor grass at the west curve.

For more about Ornamental Grasses, their habits and preferred companions, follow the link to the first of two pages of Ornamental Grasses & Their Companions.

Once our Corner Garden was built and planted, we were ready to move on to our next project. Follow the link to THE LONG GARDEN to see what our next gardening project would be.


CORNER GARDEN 2006

The Corner Garden in 2006


The image around this page is an edited version of the huge-flowered daylily Hemerocallis 'Train to Venice'. There are thousands of daylily cultivars available, many of which are featured in our various Plant Partnership pages. For ideas about how to choose appropriate planting partners, follow the link to Pink Perennials & Their Companions.


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PLANT PARTNERSHIPS

BLUE PERENNIALS    Aconitum - Geranium  |  Iris - Vinca

BULBS    Allium - Hyacinthus  |  Narcissus only  |  Tulipa only  |  Minor Bulbs

BUTTERFLY MAGNETS    Anaphalis - Hemerocallis  |  Liatris - Veronicastrum
DAYLILIES      Spider & Unusual Form

EDGERS    Arabis - Iris  |  Nepeta - Veronica

FOLIAGE PERENNIALS     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

PLANT PROFILES

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'  |  Geranium  |  Geum coccineum  |  Kerria japonica  |  Knautia macedonica

Paeonia tenuifolia  |  Papaver somniferum  |  Rudbeckia  |  Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |  Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

PROPAGATION

DIVISION - SPRING ONLY  |   DIVISION - FALL ONLY  |   DIVISION - SPRING OR FALL  |   DO NOT DIVIDE

FERTILIZATION

BULBS  |   ORNAMENTAL GRASSES  |   PERENNIALS  |   SHRUBS  |   VINES

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