I posted about how my wisteria arbor came into being yesterday, this is part two of some postings on the wisteria arbor. Our backyard slopes a wee bit down to the west. I gently stepped down the wisteria arbor in the building of it, but also had to deal with the slope of the ground and under the arbor. It was an eyesore-what to do?
I am not the biggest fan of castle rock, but it serves a purpose. Mr. Fix-it and I got a bunch of the large castle rock and built a small wall at the base of the arbor. I backfilled behind the wall with a load of soil and planted a bed of mophead hydrangeas here. This garden is on the north side of the arbor but since it is aligned east to west, it does get a bit of direct sun. It is an ideal situation for mopheads, and ideal for me because it is easily accessible to the watering hose. This is one garden I practiced restraint and decided ONLY mophead hydrangeas, and ONLY hydrangeas. Well okay, a few 'Sum and Substance' hostas and columbines found there way in there. And oh yeah, I think some daffys. Sigh. Mainly hydrangeas anyhow.
I planted a few different varieties of mopheads in here. My goal was to maintain ONLY mopheads, and to make a pleasing picture. All hydrangeas are Hydrangea macrophylla, but with a few neat varieties. Who has heard of 'Mme Emile Mouillie'? It is the first hydrangea and blooms with the blue hydrangeas but is pure white. It is a joy. Also growing in this bed is: Nikko Blue, Endless Summer, Pink Beauty, Glowing Embers, and a newly planted unknown cultivar that appears to be a florist type hydrangea. Pink Beauty is a real beauty. Its spent flower is really red and pictured below. Endless Summer is a water hog, and the other hydrangeas in this garden have been a bit unremarkable, but they have been growing only two seasons here and after last year's terrible weather, it is a miracle anything still grows. The fence in front of the hydrangeas keeps the dogs out and protects the plants. The wall also serves to provide a barrier for the silly dogs. One thing I should note for people new to wall building on a slope, it is important to keep all castle rocks level! They should not slope downhill with the slope. This is not difficult to do if you step down the wall and ensure each and every block is level when building the wall. You can probably see a better picture of stepping down in yesterday's post.
in the garden....