Friday, May 24, 2019

Parking strip planting

The time had come to deal with our parking strip. We originally thought it was a hot, sunny spot, but after Jeff spent the day digging it out, we realized it only gets a couple hours of direct sun a day. The neighbor's maple tree is so huge, it shades most of our front yard. So, we shifted the original plan to focus on plants that would tolerate more shade.
Sharon spent hours researching locally-available plants that would fit the parameters and she came up with this collage of plants that she thought looked pretty good together. (Yeah, purple and maroon were obviously a major theme.)
Jeff wanted to shape some planting berms with space for water to flow across the space.
We were delighted to get Aaron's help again. He came a couple days ago and helped Jeff double dig the bed and mix in 8 bags of composted manure.
With the plan mostly ready, and the site prepped, we spent the day driving out to a couple garden centers and Joy Creek Nursery. Plants were purchased and placed.
Then planted.

For future reference, here is the list of plants we've planted and planned for the space:
  1. Adiantum x tracyi (maidenhair fern). This plant will act like a groundcover and spread. We only bought 2 because they weren't in the original plan. We put them out there and to see how they do in the spot.
  2. Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (bugleweed) for  groundcover. We bought 6 but probably should have bought a few more of these. I hope they spread fast.
  3. Aquilegia (columbine).
    We bought 3 columbines of various varieties. All purple tones. These were also a spontaneous purchase.
  4. Athyrium nipponicum var. pictum (Japanese painted fern). What's not to like about a fern that has purple on it? The last time we bought purple ferns, they didn't survive. Today we couldn't resist trying again. If it survives the winter, we'll probably get more.
  5. Campanula Pearl Deep Blue (Carpathian bellflower). We bought two of these, but sadly one of them has already died.
  6. Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'
    (Purple leaf corydalis). This plant has the strangest looking blue flowers. Sharon thought it was cool looking and couldn't resist.
  7. Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue' (hardy geranium). We bought 2 of these and planted them in late July.
  8. Heuchera FOREVER® Purple (coral bells). We bought a total of 7 of these because Sharon really liked the color.
  9. Juncus patens (spreading blue rush). Jeff likes these and put 3 of them in the base of the ditch.
  10. Iris Lazica. Sharon loves irises. This is one of the few varieties she found that would tolerate shade.
  11. Polypodium scouleri (leather-leaf fern). We didn't have any of these in our yard yet. We just bought one to try it.
  12. Polystichum munitum (western sword fern). Can you ever have too many ferns? These can survive anywhere.
  13. Polystichum polyblepharum (tassel fern). This fern is pretty interesting looking. We bought 2 of them.
  14. Polystichum setiferum (Alaskan fern). When we picked this up we didn't realize how huge it could get (4' tall by 3' wide). We may eventually end up moving this to a better location if it outgrows this area.
  15. Pratia pedunculata 'County Park' (blue star creeper). These weren't actually in the original plan; they were a spontaneous purchase from the nursery because it was a good match color-wise and it would work in the shade.
  16. Sisyrinchium bellum ‘Rocky Point’ (west coast blue eyed grass). This plant was a substitution for another plant which was not available. It will hopefully survive the location because the flowers are quite pretty.
  17. Dicentra formosa 'Luxuriant' (bleeding heart). Another late addition. We put it in the shadiest spot we have and hope it lives.
We mapped out the planting so we can remember what went where.

Updated with plant additions on Jul 28.

Bulbs ordered for fall delivery:
  1. Crocus 'Remembrance'
  2. Hyacinth 'Purple Sensation'
  3. Hemerocallis 'Ledgewood's Belgium Blues' (Daylily)
  4. Iris 'Dakota Smoke' (Tall Bearded Iris)
  5. Iris Reticula 'Harmony'
  6. Tulip 'Negrita Double' 

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