Saturday, September 10, 2011
Beds in the Sun
Bed "A" is what I refer to as my "peony bed," so-named because the main grouping is a collection of about 20 peony varieties in the center and right hand side, backed on the left (east) by some ornamental grasses, forsythia, and Rose of Sharon. If I blog about a peony, it likely exists in this bed since there are only a couple of others scattered about my landscape. At the far end of this bed is another pergola, covered by a pair of wisteria, that provides an east "exit" to my garden.
Bed "B" is the second-oldest of my shrub rose beds and it contains about 20 old garden, Canadian, and rugosa roses. I call it my "East Rose Bed." There are no perennials except roses in this bed and the only ornament is my Aga Marsala statute, a chaste young woman reading a book. In this bed are, among others, 'Pink Grootendorst', 'William Baffin', 'Harison's Yellow', 'Alchymist', 'Robusta', 'Maiden's Blush', and 'Reine Des Violettes'.
Bed "C" is a long narrow bed stretching across half the garden that I know as my "Hydrangea Bed." It contains, as it's name suggests, 6 Hydrangea paniculata cultivars, from 'Limelight' on the east end to 'Pink Diamond' on the west. But this is a very mixed perennial bed, with 8 roses, 7 ornamental grasses, a peck of daylilies, a forsythia, and other assorted shrubs. The centerpiece of the bed is a 7 foot tall wire-supported Clematis paniculata tower. This is also the bed where I've moved the Zen Frog into a permanent home.
I think we'll stop there and pick this back up in a couple of days. Stay tuned next week, dear Readers!