A few posts ago, I talked about how I had been moving plants around, in the hopes of finding a spot where everyone is happy. Oh, how I dearly wish I could say to you, dear readers, that after all those moves, I was done and everything was perfect. HA! Hardly! As every gardener knows, things are never perfect, and the garden is never done. As things grow and conditions in the garden change, I'm constantly re-evaluating how things are doing...and, if I'm able, moving them to a better (hopefully) spot.
Sometimes, however, there is a plant that just outstays its welcome. Such is the case with Leucanthemum, or, as they are commonly known, Shasta Daisies. It's not that I don't like them...I always found them cheerful...and they grew in a spot that killed almost everything else. However, they had one major drawback...
...this! They grew full and lush until they started blooming, then they flopped open in the center, exposing the ugly, gnarly stems and flattening any plant near them. I've staked them, tied them up and cut them back...but, in one shape or form, they always look like this. I finally decided I'd had enough a few weeks ago, and out they came.
As luck would have it, at a chance trip to Al's Garden Center in some far-flung suburb of Portland, I spotted this beauty. It was labeled as straight Knautia macedonica, but its blue color hinted that it was some lucky cross, as regular Knautia is a rich, ruby red. I decided on the spot that THIS was the replacement!
Here it is, planted along is pink and red brethren...I love the color, especially in contrast with the reds and pinks. I hope this one reseeds, as I'd love more of this color!
Of course, this wouldn't be my garden if it didn't give me the old "Told Ya So", here's the spot where I removed that now-deceased Knautia. Either it reseeded into it's old spot...or I missed a piece of root, because it's coming back in the exact same spot, up through the Sedum I replaced it with.
For some reason, I seem to lose more random plants during mild winters than during colder ones. This spot was the home of a large, beautiful Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'. It didn't come back this spring (although there is a seedling, which I removed and planted elsewhere). I could not decide what to do with this spot.
At the same trip to Al's that resulted in the new blue Knautia, I found this puppy, Persicaria 'Chocolate Dragon'. Yes, I hardly need ANOTHER Persicaria, but this one promised the color of 'Red Dragon' at a more compact 2' tall. I thought, "What the hell," and bought it too. I have to admit, I'm a little in love with this one.
It's so freaking cute!!! I have no idea why my garden is so hospitable to Persicarias, but they are starting to outnumber every other genus in my garden!
And now for the last plant relocation for today. A few years ago, I planted a beautiful new variety of Panicum, called 'Blood Brothers', here in the north border. They are beautiful, but don't seem to be bulking up at all, especially in comparison to other Panicums in my garden. Sadly, as the Persicaria 'Firetail' around them have matured, they are totally out-competing the Panicums.
After consulting with Heather a few weeks ago, I decided to replace them with Panicum 'Northwind', which is much more vigorous. While I give up the wonderful, red-tinged foliage of 'Blood Brotehrs', I get a stronger, more upright habit, and this area needs the structure and bulk.
Have you ever wondered about the process I use to move plants around in a small garden with little room to excavate or maneuver...well, here it is...it's a well-orchestrated ballet of sorts. Not a graceful ballet, mind you...but ballet, all the same!
And here they are, all planted. Let's hope they do better...and that this site isn't just completely inhospitable to Panicums!
There you have it, a few more changes in my garden this spring...I hope you are having as much fun as me, moving things around and making changes. If only our husbands/wives/partners understood and didn't shake their heads at us as we head out to move plants for the third and fourth time...seriously...this is the LAST time! Ok, yeah, probably not the last time ;-)