gardening without style
This a “new” bed in your front yard, on the North side of the house. I tore out a rhodie that was hiding the windows last fall and I’ll be bringing the border in to where the string is. All the plants on the near side of the string are the established perennials that will need to find new homes. That leaves me with a completely blank slate! I spent a few days planting intensively a few weeks ago and now I have about 50 new plants in this bed! Looking over all my selections I realized how many of them came from friends or were grown from seed.
Much thanks to Scott from Rhone Street Gardens, Heather from Just a Girl with a Hammer, Anne from Amateur Bot-ann-ist, Ricki from Sprig to Twig, Derick aka Mr. Impatiens, Paul and Greg at Xera Plants, Paula (my favorite plant vendor at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market), and Bill, my neighbor two houses down who might have more gardening experience than everyone else on this list put together.
Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’ x3 from Ricki
Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ x5 from Xera
Geranium ‘Anne Folkard’ x3 from Derick
Campanula ‘Dickson’s Gold’ x3 from Xera
Corydalis temulifolia ‘Chocolate Stars’ x1 from Paula
Oxalis oregana ‘Select Pink’ x2 from Xera
Libertia peregrinans x2 from Scott and Paula
Teucrium hirrcanicum x1 from Scott
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Inverleith’ x2 from Scott
Silene asterias x1 from Heather
Kniphofia ‘Lightening Bug’ x3 from Xera
Corydalis magadanica x5 from seed from Derick
Corydalis ‘Berry Exciting’ x1 from Paula
Angelica taiwaniana x4 from seed
Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ x1 from Xera
Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ x2 from Paula
Echinacea ‘Magnus’ x4 from Thicket
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold Bar’ x3 from Joy Creek
Alstroemera isabellana x1 from ???
Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ x1 Al’s
Buddleia colvilei Kew Form x1 from Xera
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’ x1 from Dancing Oaks
Hedera helix ‘Erecta’ x1 from Bill
Geranium maderense x2 from Anne
Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’ x2 from seed
Ligularia ‘Osiris Fantaisie’ x1 from Joy Creek
This is how I start my seeds outdoors in the winter. I put a cap on it (you can see the blue one in the background a bit), and drill holes in the top and bottom. I use potting soil, NOT seed starting mix. The washed gravel is an experiment. Seen here is Cenolophium denudatum now and sown in early January.