This is what visitors to our house see as they walk to our front door. This little corner bed is one of my favorites, although it's gone through quite a few revisions since we lived here. Click here to read the post on the story of the Japanese Maple and how it came to be in our yard.
This summer I've been continuing to work on it now that it's mostly shade again. I've moved the phlox and sun loving perennials back out and the Astillbes and Hostas back in. The hot and dry summer didn't make their transition very easy, but they are at least alive still and hopefully next spring and summer they'll look a little healthier.
Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) and Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) are some of the spring bloomers in here. The Bleeding hearts are still blooming, although the flowers are pretty small.
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' beginning to age. There are so many shades of blue on the shrub now.
The foliage of the Japanese Maple 'Orido Nishiki' is variegated cream and green, the stems are reddish-pink.
My Mom bought this handmade pottery bird feeder many years ago. I moved it here this summer in front of the office window. The birds seem to like the shade and safety of this corner.
Heuchera 'Dolce Key Lime Pie' is new to this area.
Another new Heuchera 'Ginger Ale' is planted near 'Palace Purple'.
A hardy fuchsia that's just loaded with buds. I plan to add a couple more to this area.
The florists Hydrangea that my husband gave me is next to 'Nikko Blue', not as many blooms but such a pretty purple color.
Trollius 'Cheddar' smells like jasmine. I had no idea it could smell so good.
This has been a fun area to work in because unlike the backyard with it's dry shade in most places, this bed doesn't have cedar or pine roots to compete with. I'm planning to add lots of spring blooming bulbs here and luckily the first bulb catalog just arrived yesterday. I can't believe I'm already thinking about next spring, but I guess I'll have to start planting in a couple of months to make this entry colorful then.