No, but seriously, where to put all these salvias? With daylight waning and a lot of busy weekends ahead of me, I didn't have the luxury of pondering the decision for long. I had decided this summer that I'm tired of the overgrown spireas in front of my garage, so I took action:
Instant garden space! In a flurry of activity that lasted two hours, I transformed the garage garden from this:
But somewhere in there is the groundwork for future success: four salvias, two snowcap daisies, veronica, amsonia, and a daylily that appealed to me. Pretty much everything else was also dug up, moved, divided, or otherwise manhandled so it wouldn't feel left out. Then the sun set and the rest of the garden was spared. For now. Mwah-ha-ha.
Next year should be very interesting.
Assorted pretties from the McGarden:
Obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana - a surprise bloom, hidden under the baptisia; aster NOID
Another aster NOID, possibly ericoides; Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' turtlehead, still blooming happily next to the brown-eyed Susans
My one surviving mum, demonstrating just how obnoxious the spireas were getting. This knockout shade of orange makes me so happy every time I see it.
For the record, plants I installed on October 4 or 5:
Leucanthemum superbum Snowcap Shasta daisy (1, divided)
Salvia nemorosa East friesland
Salvia nemorosa May Night (x2)
Salvia nemorosa Marcus
Veronica 'Goodness Grows'
Hemerocallis Pardon Me
Asclepias tuberosa butterfly weed (in wayback)
PRAIRIE NURSERY (wayback garden)
Eryngium yuccifolium, rattlesnake master
Amsonia hubrichtii (garage)
AMERICAN MEADOWS (front garden)
FROM GRANDMA'S GARDEN:
white irises (foundation garden)
FARMER'S MARKET (late september sometime)
Tricyrtis 'Empress' (south edge border)