Behind the location of our future arbor lies the Corner Shade Garden. I planted this garden last year with hostas, heucheras, and assorted other plants after the removal of a sinister privet bush. Privet has become an invasive problem here in Tennessee and I just didn’t like it in this corner next to our house. In its place went an Oak Leaf Hydrangea to serve as the center piece of the garden. The hydrangea was soon surrounded by some of my favorite plants for shade, hostas and heucheras! I planted a few annuals in this area last year like coleus and impatiens but I haven’t planted any for this year yet. I was waiting for the freeze date to pass and just haven’t purchased any yet.
Let me show you how the garden is doing up close!
I have a little cleanup to do with some debris that has collected, but if you ignore that you can see the ‘Ginko Craig’ hostas have filled out. You can even see one of the plants I’ll be using for the Arbor Project. Well not really, but you can see its pot! What a handsome pot it is. I’ll give you a hint as to it’s identity, I witnessed a hummingbird visit it twice yesterday. I dropped some rosemary clippings in the garden to hopefully keep any critters with keen noses away. (Yes that means you rabbits!)
There’s always work to be done in every garden and this one is no exception. The rock pathway needs more stones to fill in the gaps and the weeding needs done. I suspect I’ll need to move the Soloman’s seal since it’s behind the hydrangea. I was really just trying to find a spot for it last year and plopped it in (plopping in is the technical term) where I thought it would survive our merciless, hot and dry summer. It’s survived and then some. I think this corner shade garden will begin migrating (enlarging) closer to the arbor once it has been completed!