One project involved redoing the shade garden. I've previously posted about the progression of my shade garden. Last year I had a lot of annual impatiens in it, along with hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts, foxglove, and, of course, my little moss garden.
|Last year's shade garden|
|This year's shade garden|
|Foxgloves blooming a second year|
We've been on a mission for several months to find a proper seat for the shade garden, which would enable us to actually be able to sit out in the garden during the hot summer! It was Mr. Red House who found it when we were out at the Stone Center over in Durham.
|Bench made out of Tennessee sandstone|
(Okay, I do have to admit I loved the bench too..)
Of course that meant digging up the garden to make room for it.
|The painful part - digging up all the plants|
|storing all the plants on a tarp|
At least it's a great chance to mix in some more compost with that clay!
|Add bench and stepping stone, then add back in all the plants|
Viola! The new and improved shade garden:
I feel like I crowded the plants a little to fit them back in. We'll see what happens next year - I might be moving plants around yet again..
|hostas, bleeding hearts, and moss|
I also removed the cement planter with the moss garden in it, as it didn't really go. But the Red House Garden can't be without one for long - I now have a new little moss garden. I have also placed moss throughout this corner in the hopes that I will eventually end up with one large shady moss garden.
|new little moss garden|
I only find one thing lacking, and that is some height. Down the road I will have some more foxglove interspersed throughout the garden, but I think I need something tall in the corner behind the bench. It has to be able to fit behind the bench, and it needs to tolerate medium shade and not-so-great drainage.
Any suggestions from you fabulous gardeners out there?