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I’ve decided that I want to overhaul the new garden. I need some suggestions.

Here are the specs:

Full sun (skinnier part gets a bit less sun, but I’d still call it full sun)
Skinny part can be somewhat moist (driveway/road runoff)
zone 7A

from a few weeks ago - I've since added 2 coreopsis in the middle of the carnations on the left

from a few weeks ago - I've since added 2 coreopsis in the middle of the carnations on the left


an older pic, but you get the idea.

an older pic, but you get the idea.

Plants currently there:
• coreopsis – limerock ruby, moonbeam, some brighter yellow threadleaf one
• daylilies – stella d’oro 3x, fragrant returns 2x, happy returns 2x (mostly happy with where these are)
• variegated liriope (happy with placement)
• pink fountain gaura – will be moved, too spready and frilly for rt by the steps
• white coneflower – will probably be moved to side garden amongst asiatic lilies
• candytuft in white
• bachelor buttons (a bunch) in red and strawberry daquiri (letting them reseed)
• creephing phlox in white and pink/white.
• annuals – cosmos
• mini hollyhock – pink – will prob move it, since it was supposed to be red and I don’t like it
• carnations – a lot of these in pink, red, white, yellow, salmon pink
• dark pink peony
• some kind of rose
• broadleaf coreopsis – 2x – not planted yet
• ice plant – 3x – not planted yet

I don’t want to put in any shrubs—I’m not totally against it, but a shrub would take up a lot of space, and I’d only be able to put them towards the front of the bed anyway (where there is an established peony and rose that I don’t want to move or block). Thinking of maybe adding some of these that are in the front of the house: gaillardia, rudbeckia, helenium (daylilies already mirror the front). I think I’ll probably move the carnations closer together nearer the house (near the pink carnations in that one photo – they’re a bit more spread out now) – they bloom mostly in spring, so I can have a bunch of coreopsis in front to cover those fading blooms.

I’d need something for in front of the coreopsis, between that and the phlox and bachelor buttons (possibly gaillardia?). I’d also need something for behind the daylilies and liriope right against the house (rudbeckia?) and then something for down at the skinny part of the garden near the deck steps (hostas maybe? gaillardia? annuals? dunno). Help!

brave bulbs

brave bulbs


So there are fairly remarkable and weird signs of life in parts of my garden. I have no idea why my dianthus (carnations) appear to the evergreen. I don’t think they’re supposed to be, but they look just as green as they did in the summer, minus the flowers. And though it has been warm a few days, it’s also been plenty cold enough to kill off stuff. I still have a million bells that has some green on it, and both of my spike plants that I was only going to save for a few additional weeks out of pity are still going strong. It would be pretty sweet if I could re-use the spikes in the spring. Whatever kind of seemingly creeping phlox I have is also nice and green. The one pictured here with the dianthus looks the best, but I did move the other 2 at the end of the season, so they have an excuse.
Dianthus/carnations, phlox, and brown daylilies

Dianthus/carnations, phlox, and dormant daylilies

As for the rest of the garden, I’m still enjoying the rosemary, which I know is evergreen, and the lemon thyme, which seems like it might be. The holly bushes are all berried, and the bulbs are peeking up. Frigging spring needs to hurry up. Oh well – I bought a houseplant (philodendron) at Walmart today to cope with my cold-weater blues. Can’t decide whether to leave it here or take it to work (I’m up to 6 plants there, and I do have a small cube, so eh). I think you can propigate philos just as easily and in the same way as pothos (which I have rooting all over the place and is nice and easy to deal with)? I’ll have to look that up.

Holly bush

Holly bush

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

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