There are very few (if any) adequate places for profusely flowering perennials that require a good dose of ample sunshine in my garden. The maximum amount on any one location is FIVE hours and that doesn't exclude the edible garden.
Last year we removed the remarkably broad drake elm located almost dead center in the back yard. The disappearance of its lengthy shade limbs created a drastically changed scenario in the perennial garden bed closest to the back patio. Unhindered rays from midday's hottest sun opened up a brand new set of considerations.
After that the Miss Muffet caladiums returned and the established Purple Lantana (montevidensis) were left on their own to live or die in their new climate. It turned out to be a less-than-stellar scramble with a tossed-in sweet potato vine sprawling over each other.
But I didn't care because there were so many other areas I was working on. Besides I wanted to observe it for a full summer season to judge accurately just how much light it received and moisture it retained.
Isn't that Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' brilliant with morning's first rays illuminating her airy blooms!
Purchasing a tray of 4" plants from the garden center in February and putting them in containers was well thought out. But placing the remainder of them in the ground around the drake elm tree stump was done on a whim.
I've always loved the 'Siskiyou Pink' variety but until now didn't have a suitable enough sunny place for them. They can withstand lots of heat and dry ground. That's great to know for some of you with sandy soil and full sun gardens.
Then without too much deliberation I dug up some gaillardia seedlings that were taking over the edible garden and moved them to cozy up as good neighbors to the guara. While I almost always over-think these types of actions ~~ doing this was quite nearly the most haphazard thrown-together planting bed I could say I've created. I use the term 'created' loosely.
It's a bit loud as a color combination, too. The deep pinks of the guara with red stems are bold all on their own. Mixed in with yellow, orange, and red gaillardia (blanket flower)blooms cranks up the bold factor a few notches.
Mix that in with trailing purple lantana (which by the way has been in that same spot ~~ same plant ~~ for 18 years) and it is hollering out loud.
But do you want to know something? The view is a straight visual shot from my kitchen window and my back lanai. All those bright colors waving in the breezes are bringing me gardening joy.
While I'll always love my foliage gardens it's been kind of fun (and very different) to enjoy this willy-nilly planting of bright colors as the entrance to the circle garden.
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