From left: Echinacea ‘Pink Poodle’, ‘Appleblossom’ Hollyhock, Echinacea ‘White Swan’, ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ Bugbane, Bergenia, and ‘Regal Red’ Lady Fern.
May is the month to plant perennials and shrubs in New England. I’ve been a little crazy buying plants the few last weeks. I feel a bit guilt. Plant shopping for me is like going to a really good sample sale. You buy everything you ‘like’ because your so freaked out all your favorites will be snatched up.
I planted a lot of perennials last year including Baptista, Peonies, Phlox, Lilies, and Sedum. I’m trying to fill in spots without going overboard. The plants do get big overtime so I need to be careful not to put in too much. Still on my list Bee Balm, more dwarf Delphinium, Lupine, and lots of different hostas and ferns for the back shady part of my border.
Last night, Greg had to break up about 400lbs of concrete and blacktop that was hidden under the end of my border for my new ‘Josee’ lilac—new variety that blooms multiple times in the summer. This one particular spot gets lots of sun which lilacs love. Next to it is shade where I have three Endless Summer Hydrangeas in a row. Thanks Greg for helping me with my vision.
My garden gets a lot of afternoon sun. Before noon it’s mostly in the shade. See photos below. By mid-summer the garden gets even more sun in the front part. The back stays shady with about 3 hours hours of hot afternoon sun.
Whef! All this planting buying and planting is exhausting. Below a list of plants I purchased so far this spring. I ordered a few plants via catalog/online—something I’ve never done before. My two shipments from Klemns’ Song Sparrow and White Flower Farm have been great. I’ll let you know how the plants do as the season progresses.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Poodle’
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
Delphinium Hybrid ‘Connecticut Yankee’
Alcea rosea ‘Appleblossom’ Hollyhock
Salvia pratensis ‘Pink Delight’ (Meadow Clary)
Double Rose Peony Poppy (from seed)
Syringa x ‘Josee’ Lilac
Sun to Part Shade
Actaea Ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ PP9,988 Bugbane or Snakeroot
Athyrium n. ‘Regal Red’ Lady Fern
Thalictrum sp. ‘Black Stockings’
Campanula persicifolia ‘Blue’
Camelot Rose Foxglove Digitalis ‘Camelot Rose’
Eventually the backside of the house will become a patio. The hydrangeas will grow up and give us a little privacy from the street. Someday we are thinking about putting a fence all the way down the side. And yes, the house will get painted!