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Hope Springs Eternal....a Morris Garden is renewed   No flopping bout allowed in this colorful, floriferous 30' x 18' pocket garden in Morris as staking rues the day.  The residents of this iconic Colonial home in Morris return home in May.. a time of year that is full of promise.  The explosion of growth in their newly upgraded garden, fuelled by May's warmth and the abundant April rains, is spectacular.  Ancient azaleas of deep coral  explode in color and the first flush of Alliums, bright variegated swords of Iris Pallida, sparkling oak like leaves of old-fashioned 'Pee Wee' Hydrangea, silvery hues of Dianthus and Sedums, intensely coral begonia shaped leaves of 'Coral Beauty' Heuchera and the dark green foliage of Aruncus Dioicus all stand tall to be kissed by the sun.

This Garden was designed for a very long season and May it is in its 'ethereal' mode. The client's favorite annuals include Lizanthus and 'Prairie Sun' Rudbeckia to which I added dwarf orange/copper snapdrangons. The latter to echo the deep orange blooms of
Achillea millefolium 'Orange Beauty'.  Fragrant Thymus and French Oregano were tucked into the pathway. The sturdy shoots of Incarvillea Dalavayi, the hardy Gloxina or Chinese Trumpet Flower, unfurl their lime green fern like foliage
and begin to produce nectar laden pink blooms to entice the hummingbirds and the butterflies.
 





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Creating a New MicroClimate
We were contacted because of a host of problems including drainage, mature plants sorely in need of division, and soil that very badly needed amendment.  Additionally, plant choices needed to be upgraded to add a splash of color and bloom that could be seen from the stone terraced pool area.

A Yew Hedge, majestic in its maturity, framed the rear of the garden area and added a nice feeling of an enclosed  English grden.  Unfortunately, the long and high Hedge also held all the water draining off from the nearby raised fields and the raised terrace area. Thus, many plants root systems were barely present because of constant moisture and a systemic infusion of mold from one plant to another smothered whatever good looks the plantings might have had.

In the fall, we divided, raised, saved what was deemed wise and dug out 24 inches of soil.  Unfortunately, many of the root systems of plants had been compromised because of the wet environment and a lack of any amendments over the years.  It always dismays me to have to dispose of a plant, especially ones that had been struggling so long to grow and flourish. 

We expnded the original width of the garden so we could keep the new plantings at least 24" away from the moisture retaining Hedge.  On the back side of the Hedgerow we dug in a runoff pipe to drain the water from the fields into the pipe and away from the garden.  Much labor intensive work, but it paid off handsomely.

    
Mellow Yellow

The purposeful tapestry of colors unfolds in drifts, colors changing weekly as specific plantings come to the fore.  In June, the garden appears to float as clouds of silver and palest yellows. 

Stachys and Dusty Miller support the delicate blooms of 'Shooting Star' Dianthus and the soft yellows of 'Moonbeam' Coreopsis.



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To the Background were added Salvia 'Rose Queen' and a sprinkling of Veronica Purpleicius. The  cheerful flowers of the blue cornflower Centaurea Montana added an element of surprise and were counterbalanced by the blues of Delphinium 'Blue Lace' on the other side of the garden. Both were anchored by a drift of Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'.

A stunning purple foliaged Pentstemon 'Dark Towers' from my own collection was echoed from left to right of the garden. This plant blooms in July-September, will reallly be impressive in 2013, and perfectly anchors its more delicate companions.
The striking blossoms of 'Thomas Edison' a dinerplate Dahlia was added between the Salvia and the Aruncus to add color until the other specimens bloomed.
  In Progress April 2012
Constant Deadheading assures longer bloom time and Layering allows the Garden to bloom almost the entire season.

As I explained with the aforementioned Dahlia,   Layering is only effective with judicious planning.

Other examples would include the wild blue Phlox (which blooms very early) planted amidst the Astibles.  Or the Japanese Anemones planted amidst the Shasta Diasys. The Anemone foliage covers the tatty stems of the Daisys in early fall and their explosion of nodding white blooms offers brightness in the fall Garden. 
The photo on the right was taken in August of 2011 BEFORE The Garden Goddess was hired.  You can see how stressed the plants are and how mucky the soil is.  Yes, that is a footprint you see in the very wet soil.
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