22 May 2007

back of the bed

The front of the perennial bed is looking mighty fine. Lots of interesting foliage, some repetition of color and form, nice-sized clumps of foliage so far. The back, however, is barren. I need some tall interest, so am, of course, considering a grass, maybe baptisia, and then B went and suggested that I move some of my Helianthus "Lemon Queen" to the border. I think that's a great idea, so will likely cut some off the clump growing on the L&S slope and move it on down this weekend.

Here's what the flowers on the Helianthus looked like two years ago, when we had it outside the front door (we subsequently moved it to the L&S slope when we realized we couldn't really sit on the front porch from July through August on account of all the bees buzzing around the blossoms):

This plant is a monster at about eight feet tall, but it is so pretty. The color of the flowers is pure and pale-ish; not overpowering at all. B gets a gold star and a big bunch of Helianthus "Lemon Queen" for that idea.

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