In the last post, we left off adding a native grass to the front of the beds. (You can click on the images for bigger versions just hit the back button on your browser to come back here)
We just about have our front beds filled up except for the area under the Serviceberry and Japanese maple.
Oh sure, I bet you think you know what I am going to add there don’t you?
Vinca?…nope, Pachysandra…nope, English Ivy…..GOD NO!
Lets wrap those front beds up by adding another native grass like plant, Penn sedge (Carex pensylvanica) also called common oak sedge.
OK, this is definitely not one of most landscapers favorite plants. But it is a great native plant that can fill the role of ground cover in part shade area wonderfully, while also attracting birds that eat it’s seeds.
One nice thing about Penn sedge as a ground cover like we are using it here, is that is quite easy to plant some early Spring minor bulbs like Snowdrops.
On to the Side Yard
Lets fill that narrow part of the side yard bed with another ornamental grass. Instead of another native, we will go with the hybrid Karl Forester (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’).
I have written about this plant before, lets just say it’s is Landscapers favorite grass for a reason.
Trio for the Pollinators
We are almost out of bed space, so lets come back and remember we were trying to not only create a beautiful setting but also wanted to attract birds and butterflies. The birds are pretty well covered with the two Service berry trees and the various flowers will attract insects, but lets up this area by adding three great butterfly plants.
The first one is the native of the Prairie, the familiar Purple Coneflower, we will use the ‘Magnus’ cultivar that landscapers like so much for it’s reliable extra showy flowers that butterflies seem to like as much as people. We will plant six of those at the back of the border.
The second plant will be the dwarf Monarda ‘Petite Delight’. This shorter BeeBalm is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, particularly when massed like we will do with five plants at the east end of the bed. It is also reportedly has good mildew resistance and has a long bloom time in the middle of Summer.
The last plant we will add will be one you may remember me writing about a few months ago, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa). I won’t rehash that post here, other then to say, if you love butterflies you should have this native to the US.
Here is how our design looks with eight butterfly weed added to the front of this side bed.
A walk around the Front yard
Now lets look at some renderings showing how the design could look if it was planted/built.
Or if you prefer a less sketchy style:
So what do you think?
I admit this is a pretty basic design using mostly common dependable plants. Did we manage to meet the goals set out in the first post?
Any other ideas we could add to meet them?