New additions to the perennial garden :)

So despite having some plants on my wish list, I ended up with a few impulse purchases on a trip to Canadian Tire the other day.¬† Most of the plants were at least 20% off so I used that as justification ūüôā

Here’s a summary of what I bought, with links to more info from elsewhere on the web.
Artemisia camphorata ‘Powis Castle’ – I did want an artemisia, so this one was kinda on the list.¬† It already looks beautiful in the garden and its gray leaves complement the lambs ears and spotted deadnettle.¬† I’m just a bit worried because although the tag on the plant says zone 2-3, the lowest zone rating I’ve seen online is USDA zone 4 and most say 6. I hope it survives the winter! It should also get a bit taller (up to 3 ft).

Campanula persicifolia ‘Grandiflora Alba’ – Also known as peach leaf bell flower, it is a June-July bloomer with very tall white flowers on a short compact plant.¬† Can’t wait for it to flower next year ūüôā

Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’ – Also known as striped mallow, it has beautiful pink flowers with purple stripes on long stalks. Flowers from June to Sept, so I’m still happy even if Canadian Tire misled me on the zone for this plant as well.¬† It says zone 3 but according to most websites, its zone 6.¬† Apparently it rarely comes back the following year, but freely seeds (we’ll have to see if this is a good thing!).¬† I guess finding all this out afterwards is the price you pay for impulse buying.

Aster dumosus ‘Pink Bouquet’ – Supposed to get about 1 foot tall and be covered in pale pink flowers.¬† It’s already about 2 feet though, so maybe that’s with pruning.¬† Should hopefully bloom this year in the fall.

Veronica spicata – Also known as speedwell.¬† I have a dwarf version already, but wanted a bigger one for the garden.¬† Its supposed to bloom from June to Aug, and it has been blooming for 2 weeks now. The plant tag didn’t give the specific variety name, but it is supposed to get up to 60 cm tall so I think it might be ‘Blue charm’.

Geranium macrorrhizum Walter Ingwersen – Blooms in spring, and has bright pink flowers. Supposed to be good in the front of borders and as a ground cover. It supposedly turns a vibrant orangey red color in the fall as well.

Delphinium elatum ‘Aurora Light Purple’ – I wanted more tall plants, and this one should be a good one for the back of the flower bed to fill in some of the holes.¬† Its supposed to get up to 90 cm tall with big bushy blue flowers.¬† Although it supposedly blooms in early summer, looks like I might get some late summer blooms, but definitely not on 90 cm stalks!

And here are a few shots of the rest of the garden taken July 30.


Update on the Perennial Garden – July 7

The new perennial garden is looking good.¬† Unfortunately I haven’t kept up with the pictures to track its progress though! I don’t have any pictures of the rose blooming, but it did have a lot of fuchsia flowers in early June.¬† The Royal Candles Spike Speedwell and the Perennial Sage Salvia Nemorosa Marcus also flowered, as did the White Bloody Cranesbill (hardy gerananium) and Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum ‚ÄėPink Pewter‚Äô).¬† The peonies didn’t flower this spring, probably because they are a very early blooming plant and I planted them too late in the year.¬† Right now though, the hydrangeas are blooming and they look great. As good or better than I expected.¬† I am glad I went with the Annabelle Hydrangea instead of the Endless Summer Hydrangea.¬† It turns out that I like the white flowers and that it is a bit bigger.¬† Also, it was a third of the price :). It looks good next to the Red Monarda, which is also blooming.

I am keeping my eye out for deals and discounts at garden centres so that I can fill in some of the gaps.¬† I also am trying to track when there’s not a lot in bloom so that I can find new plants that will bloom when the plants I already have do not.¬† So far on my list for early July are daisies and phlox.¬† For fall, I am thinking about asters.¬† For more silvery foliage I am debating Russian sage (or something smaller).¬† I suspect that next year it will fill out more as well because the plants will be more established.

Videos on pruning and training climbing roses

I’m quite excited about my new John Cabot Explorer rose, which can apparently be trained as a climber. ¬†I wanted to find out more about how to prune and train climbing roses, and my research let me to the following vidoes from AshdownRoses. Now I just need my rose to grow some longer so I can start to train it!

Pruning & Controlling a Climbing Rose

Training a Rose on a Trellis

Pegging a Rose

How to Pillar a Rose

And an inspiration photo of a John Cabot Explorer Rose growing on a trellis.

New Perennial Garden!

I’ve been dreaming about it all winter, and over the May long weekend, I finally planted out my new perennial garden:)

Last summer it was a test patch to see if the dog would stay out of it, and it contained the three massive day lillies I dug out of the front garden.   The test garden was a success (Mika was surprisingly good), and so the daylillies were moved beside the compost pile last fall (they mask it quite well!) to make way for a new garden.  In the fall, the garden was planted with spring bulbs (see previous post).  The bulbs have now faded (with the exception of the alliums, which are early summer flowering) and so on the weekend I decided it was time to do some shopping and plant the perennials on my wish list.

Here are some pictures of the garden from further back, and a picture of the daylilies hiding the compost pile.

And here’s the list of what I bought, with close-ups of the plants. I’ve also linked to plant profiles I found on the web so that its easier to find out more about each of these plants.

2 Annabelle Hydrangea. ¬†I wanted to try an Endless Summer Hydrangea as well, but at twice the price I couldn’t commit. ¬†Also, I’ve read that Annabelle Hydrangeas are one of the hardiest, and bloom on new wood. ¬†In fact, they should be cut back completely each winter, because they bloom on new wood.

Festiva Maxima Peony. ¬†Supposed to have amazing large blooms with¬†fuchsia¬†flecks. (Its the plant in front – don’t think I’ll get any blooms this year).

Karl Rosenfield Peony. ¬†I’ve admired the deep fuschia color of this plant in other people’s gardens, and so wanted my own. ¬†Also, the¬†fuchsia¬†should complement the fuschia specks in the centre of the Festiva Maxima Peony.

John Cabot Explorer Rose.  Developed in Ottawa as part of an Agriculture Canada rose breeding program, this is supposed to be a super cold tolerant rose that is quite disease resistant.  It can also be trained as a climber, which is great, since I planted it right next to a fence.

Magnus Superior Coneflower.  I love coneflowers, because of the spectacular late summer flowers.  This variety is supposed to be an improved version of the pink classic.

Primadonna White Coneflower.  I thought that this would complement the pink coneflower and the other white flowers well.

Royal Candles Spike Speedwell. I wanted more purpley-blue flowers, and this one looked pretty cool.

Perennial Sage Salvia Nemorosa Marcus. Another spikey purpley-blue plant.

Dwarf Bearded Iris ‘Blueberry Tart’. More purpley-blue.

White Bloody Cranesbill (hardy gerananium). Small white flowers which should complement the other white flowers.

These new additions are rounded out by the plants I bought at the Civic Hospital Parks Committee Plant Sale, the Purple Sensation Aliums I planted last fall, an astilbe I relocated, a Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’) that I already had and divided up, and some annual Alyssum (Carpet of Snow) that I started from seed. See pictures below and in previous post.

Back Garden – New Plants from the Civic Hospital Parks Committee Plant Sale (May 5)!

So I did end up checking out the Civic Hospital Parks Committee Plant Sale a couple weeks back, and here are some photos of my newest additions. ¬†I spent about 20 bucks, and got quite a few things. ¬†Plus it was in support of a good cause. ¬†I found out that the group doing the plant sale does the gardening at the various parks in the community, including the beautiful perennial gardens at Fairmont Park (near Fairmont and Sherwood dr). Also, since they happened to have extras of these plants, I’m assuming the plants are very hardy and hard to go wrong with. ¬†I did almost end up being sold a mint plant though, which was a narrow escape (don’t want to end up with any invasive plants!).

Here’s a list of what I bought, and some photos.

  • Globe Thistle
  • forget-me-not (has little blue flowers)
  • Miniature Hosta
  • Red monarda (bee balm)
  • Lambs Ears (looks like I forgot to take a picture!)

Spring Bulbs – Back Garden

I dug out a new perennial bed in the back yard last fall, and since I basically had a clean slate, I decided to plant a bunch of bulbs. ¬†Here’s the list of what I planted, listed in approximate order of flowering.

  • 20 Mixed Crocus
  • 10 King of the Blues Hyacinth
  • 10 Passiondale Tulip (purple)
  • 10 Calgary Tulip (named after my birthplace! – white slightly scented tulip with curly leaves)
  • 10 Thalia Mini Rock Garden Daffodil (white)
  • 10 Purple Sensation Allium

I tried to pick out scented flowers when possible, and the Hyacinths and daffodils were definitely scented! The Hyacinths in particular made the whole backyard smell nice. ¬†Anyways, it turned out pretty good, but I don’t think many of the bulbs I planted will perennialize well. ¬†Oh well, I guess that means I get to do more bulb shopping this fall! I really want to try some pink tulips with the daffodils, like I saw at Dows ¬†Lake. And I think the bulbs will look better next year when there are some other perennials emerging in the same garden bed.

Spring Bulbs – Front Garden

Last fall I got my act together and planted a bunch of bulbs.  I decided that for the front garden, I would try a low maintenance approach and get some tulips that are known to perennialize.  This means that they return year after year with blooms, and even multiply.  When I planted the bulbs, I even noticed that some had doubled or tripled (i.e. three bulbs for the price of one!).

The tulips I planted out front are called Holland’s Glorie, a Darwin Hybrid. ¬†They were tall as¬†advertised¬†(maybe a bit taller than ideal) and an orangey-red. ¬†A bit more orange in them than I was expecting, but they still go with the overall color theme I usually have going on in that garden bed. ¬†And I’m very glad that they are low maintenance – I wont have to plant any tulips in that garden this fall (although I will have to wait until next spring to confirm that they come back ¬†with as many or more blooms!). ¬†Here are some photos taken earlier this spring and on May 5. ¬†The two yellow tulips are leftovers from last year ūüôā