A new project: from bare border to everblooming garden, with help from Lee Schneller and Bluestone Perennials

About two years ago, I created a new shrub border along the stream at the edge of my yard.  Together with my landscaper, Kerry, I designed the border to feature many of the shrubs I studied at Longwood:  fothergilla, viburnum nudum Winterthur, witchazel and more.  It is quite a long border that incorporates the existing trees and shrubs.  Over time, I added spring flowering bulbs for color, and sun perennials in the front section that is hot and dry.  It looks pretty, but has never developed the full, lush look I was hoping for.  Here are some pictures of the border in early spring, 2011:

Now, I’m hoping to really take it up a notch.  I’m applying the formula from Lee Schneller’s “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden,” to create a richer look and continual pattern of interest in the border.  I came up with a color scheme of purple, silver, soft yellow and white, that will tie in with the existing shrubs and blend the sunny and shady areas of the border.   Today, I received the order from Bluestone Perennials:

  • 2 Amsonia Hubrichtii
  • 5 Amsonia tabernae Montana
  • 3 Artemesia Silver Mound
  • 5 Heuchera Plum Pudding
  • 5 Penstemon Navigator
  • 3 Thalictrum Glaucum
  • 5 Tiarella Elizabeth Oliver
  • 5 Tradescantia Bluestone
  • 7 Digitalis Ambigua

Tomorrow is planting day.  Can’t wait to see the result!

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One response to “A new project: from bare border to everblooming garden, with help from Lee Schneller and Bluestone Perennials

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