Yesterday in Part 40 of our home garden makeover series of articles, we completed planting the new slow growing evergreen additions. When we finished, we realized that we needed a few more perennials to add more color during the summer and fall months.
Cath noticed that in the lawn & garden issue of the spring President’s Choice Insider’s Report there were three perennials which just might do the trick for us.
She picked up two perennials, the Oriental ‘After Eight’ Lily and the Pink Double Coneflower, which both produce a pink color bloom yet very different type of flower. We decided to place these in the East part of our garden.
We decided to place the Pink Double Coneflower towards the back part of the East area of the garden because it is supposed to grow to a mature height of 2 feet , while the Oriental After Eight Lily to 20 inches high per the Insider Report (the information in the actual plant containers said that they are both supposed to grow to the same 50 cm in height).
We started off of course by placing both containers on top of the mulch in the East part of the garden to get a perspective on where they should be placed prior to start planting them. In the picture below you should be able to make out the two containers on either side of the Plasir tulips.
Both of these perennials are indicated to want full sun and be good for planting Zone 4 (which is where we live). However, the Oriental After Eight Lily can also take Partial Shade. In the first picture above you can see that one of the new plants would be placed in partial shade while the other towards the front of the garden would be in full sun.
So, do we place the smaller plant (the Lily) in front of the taller plant (the Coneflower) so it can be seen? Or, do we place the smaller plant (the Lily) behind the taller plant (the Cone flower) because that location does receive partial shade?
I proceeded to follow the same process as always, except since these were perennials I used Bone Meal as the starting fertilizer rather than what I used for the shrubs.
Once both were planted, here is how the East part of our front garden now appears. However, which new plant is which? Which is the Oriental After Eight Lily to the left of the Plasir tulips and the Pink Double Coneflower perennial to the right?
Sure, kind of hard to tell the much difference at this point, right? Yes, in the near future we will report back showing the blooms from both of these new members of our no / low maintenance garden so you can see how they appear and how they fit in with the rest of their new (flower) bed mates.
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