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Driveway Garden through the Seasons

Posted by Deanneart z5Southern NH (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 21, 05 at 13:45

Well, I have too much time on my hands today so I've been playing with garden pics on the new computer. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to find pics from the same angle in the driveway garden and compare the seasonal changes. All of these photos are from 2005....

This first is a hoot and I didn't even remember taking it. The photograph was taken on January 24th. You can make out the lump in the middle of the photograph which is the large urn. The dried stuff to the left is the Matrona Sedum. It will be back to this all too soon. I guess I won't complain anymore about the heat this summer.

This next one is from April 6. Still lots of spring cleanup left to do here but things are beginning to green up and there are a few crocus blooming.

What a difference a few weeks make in the spring! This next photograph is from April 28th. I've finally planted some spring flowers in the urn and the grape hyacinth and daffodils are blooming. Everything is greening up and coming to life.

I couldn't believe I didn't have any photos from this angle from May but this next pic is from June 9th. Incredible! I forget how fast things grow in the springtime. The large rock that shows up in the earlier photos is completely covered up with the daylily and hakone grass foliage. The 'May Night' Salvia in the foreground was particularly gorgeous this year.

July 2 - The 'Stella d'Oro' is beautiful behind the birdbath and things are just bursting with color! Look how much the sambucus has grown behind that urn.

July 16th and the garden is really popping. The daylilies, lychnis, and coreopsis are blooming away. You can just see a bit of the 'May Night' in the lower left corner.

August 18th, that rudbeckia behind the BB is really making a statement! 'Stella d'Oro' is getting ready to do its rebloom. I've never gotten constant bloom from it as advertised but it does rebloom pretty well for me in this garden. The color goes well with that rudbeckia this time of the year. The Urn has filled in so much you can hardly see the BB anymore and I really love when that variegated Ipomoea fills in. I plant it there because the color of the vine echoes the Adjuga 'Burgundy Glow'. The aster in the foreground is getting ready to do its thing and the May Night still has a few flowers left in it. I love that plant! If you deadhead it regularly it blooms for a very long time. This year instead of just deadheading it I cut this one back almost to the ground after the first flush of flowers and it came back better than the ones I just deadheaded. I'll do the more severe pruning on this plant from now on.

So that's it so far and I'm thinking I'll take a few more pics as the garden winds down for the season. I still have anemones and re-blooming iris to come and the Matrona behind the urn is just beginning to open its fall show.

Deanne


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Deanne - gorgeous pictures of your garden (as usual). Your eye for color and composition enriches your garden and your photographs, so photos of your garden are doubly enriched. Following the garden through the seasons is a great idea.

I never tried cutting May Night back, but it has to be easier than deadheading. I know that cutting back works great on Geranium 'Brookside' or 'Rozanne' (we had both, and I can't rememember which needed cutting back). Have you ever tried cutting back daylilies when the foliage gets ratty?


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Deanne...I was just posting at the Idyll and was saying how I have to get ready and then saw your new post! Well, there was no way I could pass on a Deanne thread, even if I'm in a rush. What fun! I really enjoyed seeing the progression...what a neat idea and what a transformation! Just stunning and I see you have Fascination dahlias too! :-) Oh the color...just takes my breath away. BTW, speaking of 'May Night', you just answered a burning question for me. I've always loved the blooms on May Night and the continous flowering, but my plants always get so sloppy. Thanks for telling us about cutting them back! I will be doing that for sure next year! Ei


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Beautiful Deanne! At this time of year when things are looking a bit tattered in too many places, we need those kind of reminders of the progression of beauty through all the seasons!


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Deanne-just gorgeous photos. I love sequential photos. I do like the variegated Sweet potato vine with the Ajuga BG! I wish my BG remained true so I could 'steal' that idea :o)

The variegated short grass at the bottom of most of the photos-is that Bulb Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum bulbosum 'Variegatum'-or something like that-I have my trusty notepad out)? I bought it this year, but in my research after the fact, I read that it might go dormant at the end of the season. My 3 are browning out slightly right now-has this happened to you?

Good info about the May Night Salvia. My Salvia 'Blue Queen' and tall S. haematodes 'Indigo' haven't rebloomed, but 'Blue Hill' has after deadheading. 'Caradonna' rebloomed just a tiny bit after deadheading, but not much. I don't have 'May Night'. The jury is still out.


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Wow Deanne! Thank you for sharing these photos. I've never had the opportunity to see sequential photos like this and to be able to follow a specific garden area through the seasons. It is a great learning tool. I hope you'll continue to share photos of this area until we come full circle in January.

Teresa


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Bruce, Yes I chop back my daylilies at the end of their bloom time when they start looking ratty then they re-grow new foliage. They all don't need that much cutting back, the Trophytaker tetraploids generally keep their foliage pretty well but my older diploids like the 'Catherine Woodbury' lose all the earlier foliage so when the flowers finish I hack them down.

Monique, that Bulbous Oat Grass does get a bit brown and 'tatty' looking this time of year so I just chop it right down and it starts growing new leaves fairly soon and looks fresh again in a few weeks. I love the look of it the rest of the season and feel it is worth it because it is a non-invasive well behaved grass. I think the BG Ajuga is worth replanting in that spot to do that combo. If mine reverts I'll dig it out and replace it. I thought you and Les would like that combination! LOL

T, glad you found this interesting. I'll try to keep it updated as time goes by.

Deanne


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Deanne, that was fun. I enjoyed all the seasons. I love the planting in the urn. I may have to steal it for next year. This was my first year for tall urns and the one definately needs more height to the planting. I tried the burgandy glow and it reverted on me too, but maybe I'll pick up some more.

Michelle


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I love seeing the transformation of your garden, like the caterpillar to the Beautiful butterfly. I agree with Bruce, great eye for color and form. I cut back my S May Night, and enjoy the results, but don't find it does as much for other Salvias I have.

Yeona


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Deanne,
I really enjoyed seeing the changes in your garden as the months progressed. Do you have a list (or layout) of the plants you've used? You have such a great eye for combinations and textures!


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Hi Bellarose,

Thanks, I used to have a 'map' of that garden but I've changed quite a few things since I did it. I should get it out and update it though. When I do I'll post it with the plants list.
Deanne


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I enjoyed the pictures too. I'll be looking forward to the plant list when you have time to post it. Thanks for the tip on May Night. I'm going to try that next year.


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Hi Deanne. I am glad to have stopped here this morning, since this amazing series of photographs has made my day. It IS really astounding to see the changes through the season. This is a great lesson to newer (and older...) gardeners about planning for all season color and interest. The basics are good form and foliage, long flowering perennials, annuals, tender perennials, containers, tec. And when done with your artist's eye and hard work, the results are pretty amazing. The elder is 'Sutherland Gold' I presume? It is indeed a fast grower. Was that a new plant this year, or coppiced? Mine grew to 12' even with moderate coppicing, though I suspect we are a bit milder here. I would love to see the photos added as the season winds down. Thanks again for sharing, these are a sight for sore eyes this year for a 'non-gardener'. David.


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Hi all, I thought I'd add the Sept and Oct pics for you guys. Also I thought VG might want to take a gander at this bed because is it also a driveway garden and about the same width. I'll have to think of VG's plant list and see what can be changed around. I'm going to dig up the old plants list and see if I can get it updated and posted.
September 15, 2005

October 16, 2005

I'll get back to this later and put up some photos that show the border from a different angle.
Deanne


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I didn't realize that I had never told you how I enjoy these transitions . What a wonderful change from early spring to the fullness of summer ! ( I even like the winter scene . )
Thank you for all the sharing of your lovely gardens .
Marian


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I, too, really enjoyed seeing these and will definitely take your tip on cutting back May Night (much easier than deadheading). I LOVE the Sambucus!


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I must mention that I do believe your driveway garden is one of my most favorite views of your garden - you have made such wonderful combinations throughout the entire growing season - but from vignette to overall view, it all flows seamlessly. Who would have ever thought a driveway could be such a thing of beauty?!! Your artist's eye has done some of its best work here, Deanne.
--Cindy


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Sad November! this was taken on November 7th Only December to go and the year is complete.

David, thanks very much for dropping in. I've been 'sculpting' this border for a while now and with inspiration from people like yourself, Sue, Monique and on and on I've continued to extend the visual interest throughout the seasons. Yes that is 'Sutherland Gold' I've not done anything to it but it had some severe winter kill last year and this is what came up this season. I'll see what next year brings.

Cindy, Marian, Putzer, many thanks for your feedback.

I'm hoping there is a bit of new snowfall for the December photo for this year.

Deanne


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Deanne, Southerland Gold can totally die back in winter here and still provide lovely growth the following season. This is true of almost all elderberries. They even survive rabbit munching.

I did remove several Quincho Purple elderberries here this past summer because they simply took too long to return to flowering and fruiting. I replaced them with hardier shrubs.

Looking forward to the "winter interest" photo next month!


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Deanne, your driveway bed is indeed an inspiration to me! It's gorgeous. If only mine could look like that:-) You mentioned a map of your bed. would it be possible for me to get a copy of that and your plant list?
VG


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VG and GB, thanks for the feedback.

VG I'm still working on the map and plants list. I was hoping to get that finished a while ago but it unfortunately still isn't done. I'll post both the map and plants list here when it is completed.

Deanne


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Great!!! I'll be watching for it!! Bless you!


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Deanne, I've really found it interesting studying the changes and progressions in you garden through the months. It's given my insight I can use while working on my own garden's design. You have such a talent for putting plants together. Wish I could borrow your artists eye for a season or two. You've done a beautiful job with this garden. Thanks for taking the time to put this series together.

Eden


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Another big fan of the Driveway Garden here & your photography. Thanks for sharing it. I had fun looking at the old map when you posted it. Looking forward to the new map..hint hint..:)


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Deanne, I've been studying all of your pictures and looking forward to the map and plant list. EP


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Deanne, I don't know how I have missed this part of the forum for so long. I think I remember your posting this same bed some time back and then the diagram of the plants used. I printed and filed it away (somewhere). Was that you? I remember the coreopsis. Well, no matter, I believe I like this rendition even more! I will be waiting for the diagram of the plants.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

gld


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Hi all,

gld, yes that was me a couple years ago with the map and list. The garden has evolved nicely in the last few years and continues to please.

You are all so kind you've inspired me to get this 2005 garden documented.

What was a better thing to do on this snowy day than finally get this map redone? So I finished updating this map and getting the plants list done.

1. Buddleia ‘Pink Delight’
2. Perovskia atriplicifolia
3. Hemerocallis ‘Pastel Classic’
4. Lilium ‘Regale’
5. Aconitum napellus
6. Platycodon grandiflora
7. Echinacea ‘White Swan’
8. Anemone tormentosa ‘Robustissima’
9. Heliopsis ‘Loraine Sunshine’
10. Salvia ‘May Night’
11. Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
12. Platycodon grandiflorus 'Mariesii'
13. Coreopsis verticillita ‘Moonbeam’
14. Phlox paniculata ‘David’
15. Hosta ‘Patriot’
16. Aster Novi-Belgii Patricia Ballard
17. Iris germanica ‘Immortality’
17a. Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum 'Variegatum'
18. Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
18a. Vinca minor
19. Lupinus ‘The Govenor’
20. Sedum ‘Matrona’
21. Hemerocallis ‘Preppy Pink’
22. Mix of Sedum kamchaticum and Phlox subulata
23. Sambucus racemosa‘Sutherland Gold’
24. Hemerocallis ‘Jolyene Nichole’
24a. Salvia nemorosa ‘East Friesland’
24b. Stachys byzantina
25. Hosta ‘Golden Tiara’
26. Hemerocallis 'Siloam Amazing Grace'
27. Hemerocallis ‘Appalachian Sunset’
28. Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’
28a. Hakonechloa macra 'Albo Striata'
29. Geranium sanguineum ‘New Hampshire Purple’
30. Sedum kamchaticum
31. Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’
31a. Lilium ‘Aphrodite’
31b. Picea orientalis ‘Bergman’s Gem’
32. Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’
33. Calluna vulgaris
34. Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’
35. Chamaecyparis pisifera
36. Stachys byzantina 'Helen von Stein'

Here is an aerial view of this border June 18, 2005


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A few years ago I made a list of all my yard trees , shrubs , perennials , wildflowers , and bulbs . I still have them . A lot has since expired , and more has been added . I used a legal pad .
The aerial view is an excellant idea .

Marian


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Deanne, thank you for sharing this. I've been eagerly watching to see if you'd have time to do it and it is much appreciated!

Thank you!

T.


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Excellent, Deanne. The aerial view really adds to the map view. Your combination of plants work so well. Norma


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Deanne - you always astound me! I *love* the aerial view and your beautiful design just proves how absolutely *gorgeous* a garden can be, even when little is blooming. I am so in love with the varients of green, the texture, and the *health* of your plants...just beautiful! BTW, I hope you don't mind but I printed out your landscape map and list...I just know I will find the perfect ground cover for my garden by perusing your list! :-) Thanks for sharing, you are such a generous and inspirational person. Ei


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I feel so disorganized! That map is incredible Deanne! Of course I love all of your gardens, but there are lots of good lessons in this one. Thank you for sharing - the whole project is worthy of an article. (Have you thought of expanding your writing beyond painting???)


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Oh Deanne!!! It is fabu:-) I've saved the map, list and areial view for perusal later. Thank you SO much for sharing with us.
VG


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And lastly, the driveway garden, December 11, 2005 sleeping until spring and the cycle begins again.

Deanne


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Do you feel this garden was happier and healthier this year minus the neighbour's giant tree, or is it pretty much the same? I always wish I had a bit more sun for some of my planting areas.


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Deanne - lovely winter photo (as usual) - kind of off topic -- but I'd been meaning to ask - from this winter photo I see you leave most of your "ornaments" outside -- are they all concrete/ stone or is any of it resin? I keep wondering how it all holds up --- Im dying to buy an armillary and pedestal combo but have been hesitating as to what would hold up best without having to bring in in the winter. Obviously, your wonderful urns and pots hold up great -- they look so regal - even covered in snow! And based on your & Monique's recommendations, I bought the bulb oat grass (it did go dormant on me during the hottest part of the summer but then came back) and Im anxious to see how it over-winters.

Thanks again for being so generous with your information and sharing the wonder of your gardens with us.
-Cindy


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Thanks so much for this second map. I am saving it along with your first, be fun to see the changes you have made. My hummingbird bed next to the drive is about this size and shape. Lots of ideas here for me.

gld


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Thank you for posting the map Deanne; it will be provide a much welcome distraction during these cold winter days. Save my e-mail address for when you go into garden design. I could use some help..:)
-Michele


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Deanne, Thanks so much for posting the map and plant list. This will make a great research project for the winter. I think I need that driveway garden at my house :o)

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Hi guys, I needed some of this information this morning and realized that this is about to 'fall off the end' so I'm bumping it up. Hope you don't mind.
Deanne


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I love seeing the garden through the seasons again. I'm glad it didn't 'fall off the end'. I'm still hoping to use some of your planting combos this year.

T.


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Hi Deanne, this was the perfect time to bring this thread back to the top and remind us that Spring is right around the corner. According to your pictures, only another month to go and the fun begins!!! I really enjoyed going through these again.

Eden


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Thanks Deanne! I'm glad you moved this one back up too. I actually printed it out the first time you posted it. It's a wonderful design and beautiful garden and I have definite plans to include some of your "lower growers" in my garden, which I could use a lot of help with it. All the pics are beautiful, but I really love the aerial view because you get to see how well designed the garden truly is and I *love* all those shades of green and contrasts in foliage. Ei


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This is fantastic! I loved seeing the different seasons. I also really liked seeing how you edged your bed with plants that just creeped over the edge. Wonderful contrasts in foliage color, texture, etc.


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Deanne - I just saw your post on the cottage gardening form...

This is especially thrilling from my point of view. I garden in Florida, and never get to see the drastic changes a garden goes through. Nothing really dies back (unless the heat and humidity kills it), and nothing really blooms with that exuberance because things have all year to do their thing. There's no pressure to hurry up and set seed before the winter comes. I think northern gardens are much prettier because of that.

Thanks for sharing your garden!


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Bumping this up for inspiration...


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Time for monthly photo documentation!


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HI Pondlily! What a surprise to see this thread come back up again. I went out and took this photo for you this morning.


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I'll never get tired of looking at these photos. It's amazing to see how the border changes with every season. For that reason, I'm so glad I live in a four-season climate.


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Enjoyed your Driveway Garden, Deanne. Very generous of you to share your plant list and diagram. It is always so fascinating to actually get photos of the same space in each season. You did a really great job on it, providing something beautiful to look at in every season. Has anything changed since the photos were first taken?

pm2


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I'm not suprised at all to see this thread back at the top, but I'm so glad that someone did call it back up! To share your beautiful garden, gorgeous pics and even include the design...that's amazing and generous and I can see why anyone who sees it would *have* to comment. Your talents never stop amazing me! Ei


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I'm finally making a garden along my driveway, so bumping for inspiration.


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Hi there cheleinri, fun to see this again. Blast from the past so to speak, here is a pic from April 20th

Deanne


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Thumbs up to cheleinri ! I love this thread !

Kathy in Napa


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I agree - I think it's neat to see some transition of this area from a couple years ago, Deanne.... one of my favorite spots...

-Cindy


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I'm always inspired by these photos. Good to see them again. I'm going to borrow a couple ideas. Norma


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