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A View of the June Garden-Front yard

Yesterday, the backyard, now on to the front yard…

This is the area of biggest change.  In preparation for new construction, all the trees next door were taken down in early April.  We knew this was likely at some point (see Problem Areas) and had tried to plan ahead.  This garden contains arborvitae, annabelle hydrangeas, hostas and some annuals.  It went from almost full shade to full sun.  So far so good.  

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Under an Autumn Blaze Maple, we have some burning bushes, hostas, and daylilies.   

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Also some Columbines that have travelled from the backyard.

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This was another problem area where nothing seemed to grow under a mature maple.  I was happy to see the hostas I planted last year came back nicely.  When I split some more, I’ll add them to continue to fill in the space.  We are a little worried about the health of this parkway maple. It’s pretty old and showing a lot of signs of being unhealthy.  But it’s still standing, for now.

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On the other side of the driveway, a few years ago a rather large maple fell down in a wind storm.  We replaced it with this Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) that has finally seemed to take off after it’s brush with cicadas its second year.   Underneath are more densi yews, Russian Sage, daylilies and a burning bush.

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Back up to the house, there’s an awful lot of green since the Korean Lilac and Judd Viburnum have finished blooming.  The yews are a bit overgrown and the Rhododendron in the corner a bit spindly.  This may become the next area to fix up.

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The yews took a bit of a beating this winter and will look fine after a trim.  The boxwoods and hostas are new last year and make a nice addition to the area (although the one hosta looks a little big for the space).  A little sprucing up and mulch and this area will be good to go.
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That’s most of the garden spaces that I write about and toil in.  Hopefully this summer will bring perfect garden weather.

 

Yet another problem area addressed

As I’ve worked on the problem areas in the front yard, I created another sore spot in the area where we moved the Annabelle hydrangeas from. On the north side of the house were the 4 hydrangeas and a row of Hicks yews. The hydrangeas had to go because they were just too big for the space, leaving big gaps at either end. They look great where they are now!

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It’s is a difficult place to plant because it is on the north side and under the soffit of the house. Therefore very shady and somewhat dry. The yews have done just fine, but I do give them at least about a watering can full of water dumped right down the center every 2-3 weeks during the summer and into fall. I didn’t want to add more yews, but instead wanted a deciduous plant that could take those conditions. I watched the location for a few weeks and decided it gets about 3 hours max of full sun. I settled on Wine and Roses Weigela. While it would flower better and have darker leaf color in full sun, I think it will look good in the space, and be a good contrast to the yews, even in this less than ideal location. If it does awful, I like the plant enough to move it to a different location after a couple of years.

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This area still looks a little sad, especially without the mulch in yet, but I’ve learned in the past to be patient and let plants grow into the space. I’ve had to dig too much up after a few years because too many flowers, shrubs and even trees were planted too close together. Money down the drain! In a few years this will grow to be a healthy plant and not be overflowing the space.