The garden sits and works on its own as we paint the new gallery, hike the AT, and nurse knees. The Knockout roses are producing like well-oiled little machines, providing they are dead headed periodically. Love to help them with that.
Ginger lilies, transferred from other places on the acreage, are thriving here. This area is full-sun and then some. They were not moved until September, but many are blooming now. Did not expect that. And behind the ginger lilies is one of the five knockouts acquired at the “dead plant” section at Lowe’s. One of the five is a double bloom!
The heads are heavier and look down. They are as disease resistant and have the same blooming power as the original Knockout. They were developed by the same people as the original, some years later.
Above is a detail of a single Knockout rose. Behind that, you can see sod yet to be removed from the garden.
Then finish off the line of bricks bordering the garden against that creeping centipede grass.
“Finally, atop foliage that is rather midway between a grass and a siberian iris, Crocosmia is related to gladiolus and provides yet another bright torch (most popular color is red, but also in orange or yellow) for the garden. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is one of the most intensely red perennials for the border, and reliably deer resistant as well. It can take time to establish a mature clump and you might have to try more than one location to find its “happy spot” in a Spokane garden, but it is worth it. Of course, if you visit the Oregon coast, you’ll find that gardeners there consider this flower one of the staples. It certainly enjoys regional popularity. But I get out and about in Spokane and I see these thriving in many gardens. The owner is often proud of the achievement since they may have had to try a couple of times to get it established, but once really settled, it has been reliable. When yours is a gorgeous display, you’ll carry a torch for this plant as well.”
The description above is from the “Tower Perennial Gardens” blog, and what is stated here is right on. The only “happy spot” found here for the perennial is within one of my round line of gardens which gets lots of sun. I have taken for this use Crocosmia given many years ago out of the shade around the pool where it is just a lovely leaf, and dotted it all around this new garden in a pattern. It sits under the pine straw now, only to prove merit or folly next spring.
Aha, so with gardening, we are making a composition that we cannot see and react to during creation. We try to make an interesting statement with plants that have similar sun and water requirements. We have to consider deer, and varmints under the soil. An exercise only for the very wise or very ignorant, choose one!