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.
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.
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!