Monday, October 4, 2010

One of these plants is not like the others...

When I build a new bed and take the time to plan it out and do a real garden design (that means measure, plan, research and shop all at once), it usually works out nicely.

But, do I do that much? In a word, No.

I fall in love with something at a nursery, or in the glossy pages of a garden porn catalog, and I buy. Then I plop. Plop plants wherever there is room and the conditions are right.

We all do it, right? But then it comes back to haunt us.


Or, sometimes, invasive plants behave badly and stretch their limbs and vines to end up far away from where they once started!

Looking around the garden as fall arrives, I can't help but think, many of these things are not like the others! It's sometimes hard to see in the photos, because both plants aren't always in focus, but look carefully and you'll see reds and pinks, oranges and lavenders, you name it. And I'm all for color and bright combinations, just not hideous ones!


But I'm not a mover. (Maybe a shaker!) But definitely not a mover by nature. Several of my garden blogging friends are always moving things around, trying to find the perfect spot, sun, soil for a particular plant.

Not me.


But I'm done with that. This fall the change of season also marks a change in my gardening habits. I'm going to fix all of the mis-matches in my garden. Or at least those that I reasonably CAN fix.


Because I have 2 Pairie Sun Rudbeckia, and 2 unidentified red plants and as I look at them sitting on the edge of my driveway, I realize -- I haven't planted them because I don't have a red and yellow bed. Well, I have a yellow bed and tried to have red with it, but the deer didn't like the color combination and ate all my Standing Cypress this summer!


So, with new resolve, I'm attacking my garden in an attempt to impose a Sesame Street style order to the most unruly of my plants.




What about you? Any mis-matches in your garden?

14 comments:

Carol said...

Mis-matches in my garden? Oh yes, all over the place. Not exactly color mis-matches, but size mis-matches. Small plants hiding behind bigger plants. Big plants crowded in a spot meant for a smaller plant.

Keep us posted on how imposing that Sesame Street order in the garden works out for you!

Diana said...

Carol - Don't get me started on the size thing -- that's a WHOLE other post! I dug up and moved my first 2 plants today. I'm sure they will be dead tomorrow! I'll keep you posted.

getgrounded said...

LOL! You are so funny! But I have to say, I like the combo of the new gold lantana with the trailing purple lantana in that pic - don't change that one, ok? I'm SO glad to know that master gardeners plop and plant too!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I have an overwhelming need to eliminate mismatches as soon as I see them. Last year, it was the lavender of Phlox 'David's Lavender' that looked barfy with the coneflowers so I moved it. Or so I thought. Late this summer, a tiny piece I missed bloomed cheek-by-jowl with the coneflowers. Ugh. I hope the deer stop interfering with your color schemes.

katina said...

I'm a plopper, too, but I also don't have a problem with moving plants (well NOW - and I have a pink and yellow volunteer lantana to thank for that--it was growing in a place that it just could not stay so I had to move it last year).

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

My garden seems to be nothing but mismatches especially this time of year when everything is blooming at the same time. The worst combination is the clash of the reds: oxblood lilies and red spider lilies. The latter doesn't always bloom but this year it went crazy. On top of that I've got self sown cherry red cypress vine blooming.

Then add in the lurid pinks: 4 o'clocks, coral vine, and Port St. John's Creeper. Each is intense on its own but together. Yikes! And then with the reds. Double yikes.

BTW. I agree with @getgrounded above. The lavender and yellow lantanas complement each other.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

My garden seems to be nothing but mismatches especially this time of year when everything is blooming at the same time. The worst combination is the clash of the reds: oxblood lilies and red spider lilies. The latter doesn't always bloom but this year it went crazy. On top of that I've got self sown cherry red cypress vine blooming.

Then add in the lurid pinks (http://www.zanthan.com/gardens/gardenlog/?p=2397): 4 o'clocks, coral vine, and Port St. John's Creeper. Each is intense on its own but together. Yikes! And then with the reds. Double yikes.

BTW. I agree with @getgrounded above. The lavender and yellow lantanas complement each other.

Diana said...

GetGrounded - Yeah, the lavender and gold Lantana isn't too bad, but then I also have red/orange in there and Bat-faced cuphea, so that makes the bed really hot. Who knows if I will have the energy to do anything with it!

MMD - Maybe you can be my "move-it" sponsor! I did relocate a few things yesterday and it felt good. Let's see if they survive.

Katina - Yep - that's tough love, isn't it? Some plants just can't stay where they are.

MSS - I know what you mean about the reds. That's what started this whole thing. Oxbloods under Lycoris. Ugh. And frankly, neither of them are where they belong in most cases. I'm actually going to re-do a bed for them so I can have reds & yellows together, so the pink coneflowers in that bed are coming out! And it is a year with many things overlapping in bloom-time.

Gail said...

Sometimes I think of my garden as a clown pants garden of color! The problem for me (and I appreciate that you asked) is limited sun, so every sun loving perennial gets plunked in a very small sunny bed! Regarding size mis-matches~what ever was I thinking when I planted the tinny little cup plant which has grown to 8 foot tall! gail

Pam/Digging said...

Get out that shovel, Diana! Moving plants is so easy that maybe you'll even learn to love it. I just did a bunch of transplanting myself, and now I'm reestablishing the movees.

LindaCTG said...

Garden porn! That is great! Yes, we all have garden mis-matches, but I really think your garden is perfect. Still, I understand: the first cool put us into "design" frenzy.

Diana said...

Gail - I know what you mean about little sun. But for me, it's little shade -- and full beds -- and whether or not it can be planted in the deer zone or the dog zone! Too many things to consider. No wonder I plop!

Pam -- You and Robin are my inspirations for transplanting. Seems like you are always shifting and adjusting to make it just right. And your gardens certainly show it - everything is so perfectly matched in your garden.

Yes, Linda, I am in design frenzy. Don't want to plant much right now, and am waiting to do a big project so I need to fill my time with bits and pieces, so this is it!

Layanee said...

Oh yes there are. It is just the way it goes.

ConsciousGardener said...

Yes, tons...mostly having to do with size.