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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.
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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