My “garden pictures” season is short but intense. Here comes another one.
We hadn’t done much with the north border of the house. It was already home to a large rose-of-sharon in one corner. We planted mint and oregano in the other sunny corner, and two gooseberry bushes in-between. The north side of the house gets no direct sun at all… it was a difficult spot and I wasn’t ready to buy hostas yet, so we just left it alone. Until this year.
Three blue-and-white hosta varieties. My first hostas ever. I love them an awful lot and I don’t even know what colors they’ll bloom. Oh well, it’ll be either white or lavender, right?
Astilbe has done so well in the similarly wet and shady garage bed that I put in three white-blooming astilbe here.
I had put in a few plugs of lily-of-the-valley last summer, not thinking anything except that if the border was going to be full of weeds I wanted to decide which ones.
Also from the groundcover, weed-control angle, some sweet woodruff which is supposed to spread like wildfire and bloom white. I love it and it’s already spreading after just a month in the ground.
Lastly, the gooseberry bushes, which have gotten huge and seem fairly happy. We might have enough berries to bake a patty-pan sized gooseberry tart this year.