Have you ever had that feeling something is wrong with the garden? I have finally come to conclusion I have a problem with sizes of plants in the garden. I really like tiered gardens and have found this to be a difficult design facet when planting beds. How am I supposed to know how tall the plant will be when fully grown??? Unless I know someone who grows the new plant or have grown it myself I really don't have a good grasp on how big a plant will get. I try to plant plants in areas I think they won't bully others and where they will be nicely tiered but it seems to go awry sometimes when the plants outgrow their spots like unruly children.
The case of the huge, MASSIVE mums is just one example. Can you see them in the above picture? They are seriously hanging over my garden fence into the lawn, crowding out all other plants and just mainly making themselves obnoxious. They were supposed to be a nice cushion sized compact plant, at least that was my idea. But the mums had other ideas! When they bloom they will of course be the glory of the garden. After they bloom they are coming out. I am not sure if I will transplant these one year old cuttings, put them in the compost, or give them away-but they are goners. In their place I can see some nice purple asters with 'Little Lemon' goldenrod and some 'Sunny Blue' veronica. Ah yes, that should work-for now.
Here's to redesigning and re-working beds. What problems do you have with garden design? And how do you prevent them? I need some help!
in the garden....