Valynda MayesComment

Fall 2016 Garden Project

Valynda MayesComment

I always have tons to do, but the big project for this fall will be to get my rear flower garden in shape. While it's not horrible to look at by any stretch, the Ageratum had completely taken over (operation Ageratum-annihilation already completed--it will be back next year, and every year after that, which will be fine as a filler once I have some structure in this garden), and nothing else was looking exactly intentional. Here's the short list:

1) Spread compost--the soil looks haggard (order county mulch also?); add rabbit/chipmunk repellent

2) Buy (or transplant) more beauty berry, grasses, Salvia (native plant sale coming up), that Vernonia I've always wanted--focus on pinks and purples and butterfly/hummingbird attraction. Need a few tall plants--maybe an evergreen native Ilex or Viburnum?

4) Rearrange until some visual coherence takes shape--tall in back (move Eupatorium; new neighbors means privacy needed--what is the ornamental (native) largest grass I can find?)

5) Transplant the things that are suffering (Peony in too much shade, phlox, Veronicastrum, bulbs?)