The new path and shade garden are complete! The path is filled with 3/8” Algonquin Pebble, which is a mix of coloured smooth round pebbles that glisten when wet. For the shade garden, I transplanted and divided plants from other parts of the garden. The rocks were lurking under forsythia, so I hauled them over to add interest in the new garden. So aside from the lumber, rebar, and pebbles, our new shade garden didn’t cost that much. And the best part – we no longer have a ugly bare patch of grass under the apple tree!
A few months ago I received a package from Proven Winners with plants from their spring preview for 2011. I like a mix of blooms in my front door urn, so I planted several different annuals including:
Intensia Blueberry – Phlox hybrid
Superbells Blackberry Punch – Calibrachoa hybrid
Superbena Royale Chambray – Verbena hybrid
Golddust – Mecardonia hybrid
Slightly Strawberry – Anisodontea hybrid
Lucia Lavender Blush – Lobelia hybrid
Three months later these feisty annuals have grown and are now in full bloom. We’ve had a hot summer in southern Ontario with a fair amount of rain and all of these plants have preformed incredibly well. My personal favourite is Intensia Blueberry. It’s prolific blooms have captured the attention of visitors and people passing by the house. I’ll definitely be looking for these plants at the garden centre next year!