I have too many plants in my garden. They’re not touching each other but next year it will be out of control. My other problem? I’m not getting enough sun. The first year the garden had too much rain, the second it was really hot and this year I think it’s just been normal? Usually by mid-July the sun is might higher in the sky and I get at least 3 hours of direct sun but this year it seems more filtered. All my plants feel 2 weeks behind last year?
My hydrangeas are looking gorgeous but the lace-cap variety only has a few blooms. I’m still kicking myself for pulling them out my front bed and replacing them with boxwoods which still have brown stains. I’m scouring garden sites for frost-proof planters to go on sale so I can pull the boxwoods out this fall and scatter them around my someday patio. Maybe hostas will make appearance in the front bed next?
I’m a little concerned about the light situation in my side garden. I know I can grow full sun plants in part sun and just deal with getting less blooms. But am I forcing something that’s just not going to work? When the plants get bigger next summer I can divide and edit but right now I’m feeling kinda frustrated. The back side of the house has hosta, ferns and pink astilbe. I’m enjoying the simplicity of just a few plants. I think I might need some professional help!
I have few new garden books on my nightstand to check out over the weekend. I’m excited to dive in and hopefully learn some tips. Maybe I can grow a garden like the cover of Dream Gardens of England?
Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life, discovered via design*sponge, $20 amazon.com.
Down To Earth With Helen Dillon, discovered via ill seen, ill said, $30 amazon.com.
Dream Gardens Of England, discovered via Found While Walking, $28 amazon.com.