Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Around the Garden Shed - the Rest of the Plantings!

Yesterday's post had many of the colorful plants I planted around the garden shed today's post may be less colorful but hopefully still interesting!

First let's start off with a small stepping stone pathway. I bought some cheap 12"x12" stepping stones to lay down for this little pathway. To the left of the pathway is an area that still needs developed. The area to the left and right once looked about the same - things have been improved!



We can't forget about the large plantings like the trees. This red maple will one day provide a good amount of shade all around the area. Red maples are great trees for fall color - like you would see in the Fall Color Project for 2010! (Just something to keep in your thoughts for later ;))



In front of the garden shed are zinnias complete with butterfly attachments.


Black and Blue Salvia is quickly becoming a staple in every garden. It's already bloomed here once and been deadheaded.  This plant was a division in the spring from another one near the birdbath garden.


This other little salvia was propagated from a cutting but the mother plant was seed grown last year.


The lamb's ear hasn't taken kindly to the intense heat and lack of rain this summer but should rebound nicely when the weather is more favorable. 


What garden is complete without a coneflower? Only a shade garden!


 This feathery leaved plant is a tansy found at a plant swap this spring.



Like everywhere else this garden is a work in progress. Since I can't paint the shed yet (it's way too hot) tinkering in the garden is a good way to spruce up the area before the shed is finished. Inside the shed there is still some work that needs done like the brick floor and the shelves but really 90-100 degree days aren't ideal for that either! Hopefully cooler weather will come along and give us a break after this weekend but I'm not counting chickens...

6 comments :

  1. Looks like your fall to do list will be larger with all this heat we've been getting. Your shed garden beds are really coming together nicely, imagine them in another season or two so full and lush. :)

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  2. Looking good Dave. My tansy is doing well too. I saw Evelyn, Annette and the other lady who swapped us the tansy. Darn! I don't remember her name but they were all at the PPS meeting last night. An excellent meeting!

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  3. Dave, I used to grow Black and Blue Salvia but it did nothing here in our zone until late summer, so I gave up on it. It is still sold in all of the nurseries but it is not a winner in zone 5. I love it but it doesn't want to be here.

    Eileen

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  4. Dave, Just have to tell you that Coneflowers are more resilient than you think! I have them growing in my mostly shady/somewhat sunny raised beds. There are even a couple of renegades in the shady backyard that have made an appearance - thanks to the birds! :-)

    It's looking great over there!!

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  5. Your shed plantings are sure looking good. My Black & Blue Salvia is not blooming yet. hopefully it will before long. I would like to propagate some of it to put in other areas. I don't have any tansy.

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  6. You have got a nice garden out there. I think a connection with plants means a connection with the nature itself.

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