Garden Mistakes: Artemisia

Have you ever put something in the garden that you just shouldn't have? Maybe you thought "I don't have a better place to put this so I'll just stick it in here" or even "I'll stick this plant here and keep it trimmed back." I've thought both of those many times and made mistakes and the latter statement gets me all the time! One of my more recent mistakes was with an artemisia. Don't get me wrong there are several artemisia varieties can be great or even awesome plants. I love 'Powis Castle' with it's large fluffy mounds of silver foliage and I like 'Silver Mound' also (I would rate it higher if only it wouldn't flop open in the middle). Both of which I'll keep in my garden and neither one is invasive to any degree. In fact I'd be happy if they did spread around a little more!…

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The Deck Garden: Then and Now

I was out today looking at the sorry state of the gardens and though it might be an interesting exercise to look back at how the gardens appeared last spring and compare them. Over the next few posts I'll go back for a few photos of the spring time version and contrast it with that same garden today. Let me start off by saying I have a lot of cleanup to do! On with the show: The Deck Garden Then (May): I built the timber raised beds around the deck for an additional planting area in conjunction with the patio I built.  The hand me down irises are blooming here as is the pink phlox from Gail. I'm looking forward to that combination this spring since the phlox has had some time to grow and should have filled in . To the right is a 'Walker's Low' catmint about to…

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Perennials Around the Deck

In my last post I showed you some of the perennials around our vegetable garden. In this post I'll show you some of the perennials in the garden around our deck. Despite my title not all of these plants are perennials. One of the most striking plants in this grouping is in fact an annual - the moonflower. It blooms in the late afternoons and evenings, plus looks great on arbors! I hope to start several of these indoors in biodegradable pots before planting outside. I suspect rabbits took a few nibbles and delayed the growth of moonflowers in my 2009 garden. In the foreground is one of my favorite perennials 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia and is surrounded by mint. The mint is contained and was used frequently in our southern ice tea - I like it sweet! The blue flowers you see near the moonflower is a 'Longwood Blue'…

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