From the beginning...
One shade bed is getting a makeover.
Just about everything in it like the spreading juniper, azaleas or lace cap hydrangea weren't doing very well...just getting old and less attractive every year and blocking everything in back of it.
Anyway, everything was way too tall and crowded for this small bed.
Also lost that False Cypress tree due to storms... Hey...you know what? More SUN now !
Seen a Witch Hazel on a couple of blogs I visit and loved it !
So new to this bed is (let's hear the drumroll)...
Arnold Promise Witch Hazel-Hamamelis x interm.'Arnold Promise'
Blooms Late Winter/Early Spring with fragrant yellow flowers.
In the fall the gray-green foliage becomes a bright orange.
The bed gets 2 hours full sun at the edge and 4 hours indirect to the Cypress in the back.
Some old hostas and Irises who had no real home got moved here.
Now, the question is... what else will I put there.
The Witch Hazel will be the only new shrub in this bed and want it to be the center of attention.
Thinking about adding some colorful Coralbells-Heuchera and maybe a few different hostas, also Solomon's seal might work.
In a week or two the nurseries should have all their perennials available.
Can't wait !!!
A closer view of the Witch Hazel. Sure is different from anything already in the garden.
Also moved this Barrenwort to the new bed...was in full shade.
Think it's gonna like it's new home.
Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage-NC and Fer at My little garden in Japan gave me some good ideas.
There used to be a 40 ft. tree (in the circled area)lost due to age and last years winter storms.
One of the ideas from Donna and Fer was a Holly tree...see, sometimes I listen !
Nelly Stevens Holly
This tree can grow to 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Growth rate in ideal situations is 2 to 3 feet per year. Likes sun/partial shade.
I know I'm cutting it close since this time of year it gets a few hours of full sun (good)then probably will become 4 hours indirect sun when all the neighbors trees fill out.
Always wanted a holly but the American Hollies take so long to grow and I have no patience.
This large over-priced Nelly Stevens that DH just had to buy should work great.
Thanks girls for the advice ! Oh, you too honey.:)
Nelly and Arnold are my latest love!