Friday, May 31, 2013

Re-planting the Self-Sowing Garden

A couple weeks ago I redid our self-sowing garden.  It was getting messy and too many weeds incorporated themselves into the garden.  I suppose they thought they could pass themselves off as desirable plants but their plans were foiled by May's Lowe's Creative Ideas Project!  The theme for this month was bulb plants.  Being one to never turn away from a project with plants I set out to Lowe's to have some plant buying fun.

I went to the store and collect several bulb plants, a few rhizome plants, and of course a few other assorted plants to fill in the garden.  Once I bought the plants I had to clear the area to plant them.  The self-sowing garden usually holds poppies, cosmos, coneflower, rudbeckia, salvia, and many others but had become overgrown with early spring weeds like chickweed.  I removed the weeds and replaced them with these beautiful plants that I brought home from Lowe's:


Peony 'Wladyslawa' - bloom just opening

Peony 'Wladyslawa' - in full bloom

Iris 'Clarence'

Iris 'Goldkist'

Iris 'Loop the Loop'

Asiatic Lily 'Matrix Orange'
Asiatic with huge blooms! That's my camera lens to the left.

I also added several marigolds which are great plants to help prevent damaging pests in the garden and a couple sweet potato vines to sprawl around as a border ground cover.  Here's the result!


The Asiatic lilies will grow and become more established after this year as will the irises.  In the spring this area will pop up with bulb blooms and eventually give way to the self sowing plants for summer creating a completely different effect for each season!



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