One of my favorite things to do is to walk around my yard in early spring to imagine what plants I will add to my property. At this point the established shrubs and perennials are growing rapidly, unfurling their buds, and waking up from winter. I look for empty spaces in my yard where I can add new ones. Last fall I dug up many old and dying plants, leaving holes in the landscape. The holes remind me that new perennials are needed.
There are two spots now available in full sun, so as I look at this area I can see in my mind’s eye a peony garden of various colors there. That would be spectacular, but I also know that peony blooms are fleeting. After two weeks, they are done, so I will want to add other flowering perennials or annuals that will last longer. Having a succession of blooms is my idea of a great garden.
One goal I have is to create a hedge of hydrangeas in one section of my yard. There are a few more holes where I dug up other perennials to transplant them, so these will be the spots for more hydrangeas. Another area is under my willow tree where lamium blooms are now appearing. Lamium is an excellent ground cover for shady spots, so I plan to buy more this spring to put under under the willow.
As I walk around the yard, I can imagine and see the new plants that will bloom later in the spring and during the summer. I plan to install them when the time is right.