As I set forth with my new gardening experience close to the Oregon Coast I quickly realized my plan would need to change. The area I thought was morning sun and afternoon shade, perfect for Corydalis and Heuchera was actually full sun for most of the day!
For this area under the stairs, I am going to plant shrubs that are a bit taller (say to 3-4′ tall) in front of them to create more shade. I really like this combination and don’t want to lose it.
Now, in the areas where plants have died I need to fill those holes. So, my original plan changes…
I also want to begin to add some perennial color so I make up a sketch of the areas that I want to add color and with plan in hand I head to my favorite local nursery, Blake’s Coastal Nursery in Gleneden Beach, OR. www.blakesnursery.com. So, I set about looking for perennials that would provide some color in the summer that get to about 2′ -3′ tall, that are easy to care for. I also needed a low, groundcover type plant to go in front of an Azalea. I love this nursery not only because the people are super friendly but, they carry anything that will grow and thrive at the foggy coast. So, anything I choose I can depend on it doing well in my garden.
This go around making a garden, I am going to save the tags. In the past inevitably, someone will ask me the name of a plant and I will have to say, “That is a Daisy something or other”. Not too good for someone with a degree in Horticulture.
I also purchased Crocosmia ‘Miss Scarlet’. They are bulbs so I was able to divide them and plant in a few locations nearby. I paced myself, stuck to my list of needs (I have a habit of buying too many plants and not enough time and energy to plant them) and within two hours I had 14 plants planted. Now I can move on to my next task of creating shade for my poor little shade lovers that are stuck in the sun!