Thursday, May 10, 2012

East Curb Bed

In my last post, I showed the planting area on the west, to the left of the sidewalk.  Today, I will show the other side.

Like the last post, I went around taking photos of sections, then showed some closer views a little farther into the areas.

The plant on the bottom left is germander, which was supposed to mirror the winter savory across from it, but it doesn't get as large.  There are a couple stokes asters and daylilies in this area.

I have been adding plants to some of the bare spots in this bed, but keep seeing more dirt than I want to, so I may be making more changes.  I'm not sure what kind of grass this is.  Do you know?

I'm not sure what the tallish plant is.  It was a volunteer in a different bed, and I didn't want it there, so here it is.  It is about to bloom, so hopefully, I'll be able to tell then.  The yarrow and amsonia hubrichtii are from another part of the yard.

I'm not sure what kind of bulb the yellow flowers are.

This is the butterfly milkweed that was loaded with monarch caterpillars last year.

Heading east, the sedum on the left is from a few little sprigs I stuck in the dirt about 3 years ago.  The geraniums sure are full of blooms!

I pinched the catmint a few weeks ago.

There is another butterfly milkweed between the irises and the daylilies.

The iris have finished blooming, and I am looking forward to the daylilies blooming.

We've reached the east side of the area, and are facing west. (Can you see the poppies blooming in the flower bed on the right?

This is one of my favorite geraniums because it blooms most of the summer.  I wish I remembered the name of it.  I was thinking it may be 'Jolly Bee', but when I looked those up, the color of the bloom was more purple.  The flowers did look similar, though.

We'll head back around to see the area from the yard.

That's a skullcap on the right.

I also trimmed back the 'fireworks' goldenrod so it will not flop and take up more space than I want it to.  The liatris sure have gotten large.

That's a sea holly on the left, next to a liatris.

I have baby's breath and knautia on each side of the sidewalk.

Wood betony is next to the knautia.

I can't remember what kind of German statice the plant on the bottom left is.  It is starting to bloom, and will hold that bloom most of the summer.

Here is the third milkweed in the bed.  This is 'Hello Yellow'.

I am finally getting my energy back from having a cold and sinus infection.  I enjoyed spending some time in the garden this evening.  I didn't get most of my tomato plants in on time, and they got distressed.  My Mexican sunflowers got distressed, too, but I planted them this evening.  Hopefully, they will grow.

Happy gardening!


  1. I really like the way you take advantage of every space available. This is my project in the future. And you have the talent to mix plants together with variations of textures perfectly harmonized. Really interesting garden. 8)

    ( hope I could help with names but...)

  2. We had started some Milkweed from seed at my old house. It did great from seed, I had plenty of sprouts to give away. I really like your layout. Was it planned out or did you add onto it as you went along?

    With All That I Am
    Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"

  3. Glad you are recovering from being under the weather. Your garden beds are overflowing with abundance. I love how much of your front yard is about plants and not boring old grass. I'd rip up all of my grass to replace it with flowers but Bermuda is next to impossible to get rid of. I can also relate about finding things growing in my beds and not knowing what they are. Are they weeds or good plants?

  4. Sue, everything looks so lovely in your spring garden. Isn't it a pleasure to enjoy the many, many blooms of spring? Part of the fun is the opening of the many mystery flowers we forget about!

  5. What a lovely time in your garden, everything is filling in beautifully and looking so lush. Good luck with your tomatoes and sunflowers, I hope they recover. I love those unknown yellow flowers.

  6. Your garden is looking wonderful as usual - I love the variety of foliage that you have, it really makes the garden look fabulous even if there were no flowers. I think that light pink geranium you have might be geranium sanguineum var. striatum - that's a classic type of bloody cranesbill. Has light pink flowers with little darker veins. Whatever it is, it's beautiful!

  7. Hi Sue, I love your little painted rock. I really like your knautia and your various geraniums. I have Rozanne but she hasn't bloomed yet. What you describe as German statice - is it Kaspia? Kaspia has airy little purple flowers on it and florists use it sometimes in lieu of Baby's breath. And the unidentified grass - possibly Little bluestem - but I am not certain. Your gardens are just amazing and every time I visit I learn about a new (to me) plant. You really do have some very unique plants in your gardens, Sue. I enjoyed my visit today.

  8. Your yard is looking so pretty and manicured nicely. Love the brick borders you are using. I am seeing too much dirt also and am trying to decided what to put in my bare spots. Your gardens are looking full and green and pretty blooms.

  9. Your garden looks beautiful. I love how the flowers spill over the curb. Once again i have 3 clumps of something growing in my garden, but I have no idea if it is a friend or foe. So, this afternoon I pulled out 2 but left one and photographed the leaves to help me identify it next year. We live on 3 acres, but only mow and garden 1...the rest is wild. I get lots of volunteers in my beds! (o:

  10. Very nice, Sue! I'm not sure what those yellow flowers are either. But they're lovely! Are your plants still ahead of schedule? You sure have quite a nice collection!


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