Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Slide Show: Plants Phase IV (Fall 2010)

During the Fall of 2010 I added many new plantings to the garden. I also started to plant in the north-east section of the garden behind the gravel driveway along the side of the garage. Eventually, I hope to close off this part of the garden with a fence/gate. Until then, I have started to place planting on eaither side and along the fence and edge of the water basin. Below are images of the new additions and changes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Plants 2010

"...all those in the plant-and-tree realms, without exception, attain Buddhahood."

Irish Moss (Sagina subulata):

Early June


Late August

This zone 5 plant prefers shade and blooms in the spring with small white flowers. As a ground cover it spreads at a height of about 1 inch and an area of about 12 inches. I planted five small plants early in the spring and they have almost filled in the step areas where I planted them (in the spring of 2011 I added some more to the spots that remained uncovered).

Aurea Irish Moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’):


This zone 5 plant is similar to the Irish Moss above but tends to form clumps. It prefers shade with some morning sunlight and blooms in the spring with small white flowers. It has a medium growth rate to about 8 inches and forms clumps about 2 inches in height. Note: I moved them from the edge of the garden to the Dragon's Spine early spring 2011.

Grace Ward Lithodora (Lithodora diffusa ‘Grace Ward’):


This zone 5 plant likes partial sun in the morning. It blooms in early spring with a bright blue flower, however, it maintained its color throughout most of the summer. It spread to about 12 inches very quickly and did well in the rock garden. However, the bloom was limited after July. Note: failed to spout in spring 2011 - moved to planters to revive without success.

Coreopsis (Coreopis verticillata ‘Zagreb’):


This zone 3-9 plant likes full to half sun. It grows to about 18 inches and blooms with a bright yellow flower. I’m taking a chance with the limited direct light, but so far one plant is doing well. I had to pot the second because of sporadic growth.

Fire Star Dianthus (Dianthus ‘Devon Xera’):


What tit should look like when in bloom (stock photo).

This zone 4 plant likes morning sun. It blooms in the spring with a red flower to about 8 inches. It looked more southwestern, but the color was nice in the garden. I only planted two near the stepping stones. Both failed to bloom in 2011 - I will probably need to move them to a sunnier spot.

Erysimum (Erysimum kotschyanum ‘Orange Flame’):


This plant likes part sun and grows to about 6 inches. It should bloom in spring. They looked nice when I planted them, but they were not doing so well by August.  (I forgot to photograph them when in bloom, this stock photo looked similar). Note: most did not return, so I replaced with annuals in the same location.

Rock Cress (Arabis caucasica):


This zone 3-7 plant flowers around late April into May with a short lived flower until June. It produces a nice white flower and I should be able to divide the plant in the late summer/early fall. It likes well drained sandy soil, but needs to be mulched over during the winter.

Snow Drop Anemone (Anemone Sylvestris)


This zone 3-7 plant should flower around May (and maybe September) with a beautiful white bloom. I thought they would look nice on either side of Buddha, so I moved some Hosta and replaced them with these perennials. Note: early spring 2011 - one plant never came back, the other eventually died without blooming.

Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula ‘Ron WIlliams’)


This zone 8 plant likes full sun to shade. It grows to about 2’ wide by 7’ in height, and produces a fern-like foliage with an upright habit. I planted where I intent to place the fence/gate area near the northeast area of the garden, behind the gravel driveway next to the garage. They should help frame the outer publicly viewable area of the gate, but the limited hight won’t over power the fence.

Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium nipponicum ‘Metallicum’):


I planted some of these zone 3-9, deciduous form plants, during phase I, and they did well. I am trying them out near the northeast corner, hopefully, they will do well here in spite of the fact that this area gets more sunlight. Note: one was moved to the back of the garage to make room for the S-shaped bench I installed in the spring of 2011.

White-Variegrated Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Albo Striata’ or ‘Albo Variegata’):


This zone 6 plant is the same as the plants located behind the Buddha statue. Theis one will help frame the inside of the northeast gated area. Note: the other was moved to the back of the garage to make room for the S-shaped bench I installed in the spring of 2011.

Hosta Blue Cadet (Funkia, Plantain Lily):


This zone 3 plant likes partial shade to shade (morning sun) and will grow to about 10-12 inches. It should also offer a nice variation in color by adding a darker green to the other grasses nearby in the northeast corner of the garden.

Clumping Bamboo (Fargesia ‘rufa’):


This is the same non-invasive bamboo I planted next to the gazebo last year.  These plants should grow to about 8 feet in time and may need to be trimmed back. I may have to move the one on the right inside of the gate - too crowded already.

Silvermound /Wormwood (Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’):


This zone 4-8 plant like full sun to shade, but should do well in the soil near the northeast corner of the garden. The silver color should help add some variation to the other greens in the corner near the future gate.

Pink Beauty Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’):


This zone 3 plant should bloom during the summer and likes full sun. It should grow to about 3 feet, but will be easy to maintain. Note: plant was moved to the back of the garage to make room for the S-shaped bench I installed in the spring of 2011.

Daylily ( (Hemerocallis “Black Eyed Stella’ ):



This zone 3-10 plant should bloom during the summer and likes full sun. I was worried they would not bloom because of the lack of direct sun - they were planted along the edge of the garden fence in two locations that only get a bit of morning sun and some afternoon sun. However, in the summer of 2011 they did sprout blooms that lasted until early August.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Little Buddha

Had a little friend stop by to visit the garden: