Monday, February 25, 2013

Is it enough?

Not too long ago I wrote about the difficulty I'm having with the area under my cedar tree and a bunch of you chimed in with some really great ideas.

One of my favorites was Laurrie's suggestion to let the ferns develop into a large swath, "But make it a nice big sweep, not just a few." So I added eleven sword ferns to the four that were already there, along with four lady ferns (for a total of five of those). The lady ferns are in the back, along the fence, and they are sleeping right now.

Everything looks sort of ratty and sad right now but I'll trim back the trampled and brown fronds once the new growth starts to come up. And then I'll follow Laurrie's other advice to plant a Dart's Gold ninebark to brighten up this corner, a gro-low sumac (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'), and to move the hellebores into the foreground.

It looks just like a ninebark!

And then I get to redesign the side entrance to the yard, from where I borrowed all these ferns. Hooray! Thank you Laurrie, and thank you everyone who lends gardening advice to me. I really appreciate it.


  1. Good choice in the Dart's Gold...they are lovely! If you ever want more Sword Ferns, let me know...I have a few random one that pop up here and there :-)

  2. Looks good! Eager to see it after stuff fills in.

  3. Wait . . . someone actually listened to my advice? And thinks it would be a good idea to follow some of it? I am humbled and a little alarmed.

    I do think your corner will be nice, and you are well on your way to a real sweep of ferns that will be woodsy and appropriate. Can't wait to see the rest of it develop, and a pop of golden colored ninebark under there.

    Thanks for the shout out! I'm off to go vote in the design contest!

  4. I always listen to your advice. I appreciate you!