|back border with phlox, rudbeckia, perennial lobelia in bloom|
My side border is a different story. It didn't start out small at all. In fact, we had landscapers put it in (well, put the soil in) when they rebuilt our retaining wall in 2011. When I planted the side border, I think I thought too much about it. I tried to put in different plants - different than the ones that were so successful in the back border and somehow I was never really happy with it. Half the border would look nice and the other half would look empty.
|side border looking a bit crowded with green|
Yesterday, I just decided to go with my instincts and look objectively at the side border, thinking about where things were, what worked, what didn't work and why. Then I 'went to town' rearranging things. I pulled a few things out and moved other things around. I divided things from the back border and moved them to the side border. And I had fun doing it.
Both gardens won't have exactly the same perennials in them, but the ones that do really well for me (perennial phlox, rudbeckia, and daylilies). It probably isn't a bad idea to have some continuity between the two beds anyway.
I'm curious to know what other gardeners do for 'planning'. Go with gut instincts, plan from good books for their zones, or trial and error?
The great thing about flower gardening, is if things don't work, we can always move them to where they look or work better.
And a quick look at what's blooming now:
|'Tete-aTete' daffs with large daffs in the background|
|Muscari 'Grape Hyacinths'|
Cheers everyone and Happy Gardening!