A few pics, quality not too great:
Front of house, this morning.
I had pruned the Parthenocissus nicely so as not to bother the neighbor. Then the neighbor snuck out at night and cut off a large branch above my doorway, hence the hole 😦
New aiuola in opposite corner:
This area is named “Miserable Corner”, due to the triple misery of
- Very wet and shady in the winter
- West / Northwest exposure, gets scorched in summer afternoons
- Wind-tunnel effect caused by surrounding buildings; gets pummeled in a storm
So, after some thought I decided my strategy here would be to put a bunch of indestructible plants: bamboo, ornamental grasses, Leycesteria, Hollyhocks.
But then I bought a fern, realized ferns like me :P, bought more ferns…
Then I got bold and decided the Miserable Corner will become a Tropical Oasis, or something. So I bought a bunch of other stuff. Oh, keep in mind that I wracked my brain – and the webs – to find as many evergreen plants as possible; I don’t want to see a bare wasteland half of the year. Padova is zone 8a, this corner could be 8b or higher; the major problem here is not the cold, but the nasty semi-frozen wetness of our winters.
See what you think:
This is the sunniest part of the corner.
- Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rotsilber’
- Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Althaea rosea nigra behind
- Carex of some kind, variegated, not small (I’m gonna have to move it)
- behind the carex, Equisetum hyemale, in its own pot to keep it extra moist.
- Leycesteria formosa, with a small Campanula and Carex grayi in front
Starting from under the Leycesteria:
- an evergreen fern, looks like Dryopteris erythrosora
- in front; two Astilbe chinensis and a few more small Campanula
- behind them a Hosta ‘Sun Power’, they say it’s particularly sun tolerant for a hosta
- behind it another hollyhock, double white flowered, probably in too much shade, two Carex pendula and the bamboo (I believe a Pseudosasa)
- next to the bamboo a Fatsia japonica, in front of it another fern (Cyrtomium of some kind) and another Carex grayi
A number of these guys will become quite large with time. Not only that, there is another “monster” which is currently not visible:
Yeah, a Colocasia esculenta (Taro), right in center stage! I’m setting myself up to do a lot of plant moving in a year or two!
This is the righthand area, the least sunny, with my first fern, a Polistychum polyblepharum, which has grown fantastically in the two years since I bought it.
[have to remove Phormium from there, not enough sun]