My first item to plant was a Japanese Maple I brought from Virignia. Acer palmatum 'Garnet'
This is a small maple with a beautiful lace cut leaf. At maturity it will be at most 10 feet tall. Flanking the maple are two Amsonia. One I brought with me A. hubrectii and one I bought, A. x 'Seaford Skies'. This variety came from Pam Harper's garden in Seaford. I figured I NEEDED to have this one. Since Amsonia turn bright yellow in late fall I thought I should plant something to complement it. I found two Weigela 'Midnight Wine' a new hybrid that grows to a mature height of 1.5 to 2 feet. It is a dwarf version of 'Wine and Roses'. I planted them behind the Amsonia. The shrubs are really small now, but next year.....
The garden was screaming for color. I wanted something to attract butterflies and humming birds. I also had a couple more things from Seaford to plant. From some of the plant sales in the area I was able to find lots and lots of great plants. In the photo below are (going clockwise)-(3) Gaillardia 'Sunburst Scarlet Halo', (3)Lantana (unknown variety),(3) Helenium 'Helbro' Mardi Gras, (3) Gaura lindheimerii 'Gaudwwhi' Geyser White, (1)Serrisa Plena Flora,(1) Tanacetum vulgare 'Isla Gold', (3) Achillea 'Saucy Sensation', (3) Coreopsis rosea 'Heavens Gate', and (3)Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'. The number in front of the plant name is how many I put in. Started to feel like it was the garden of three's. These are just a small sample of what all was planted in the 'sunny area'.
Additionally planted --Phlox 'Robert Poore' (from Racquel), Yorktown Onions, Hibiscus 'Kopper King', one of three Clethra alnifolia 'Vanilla Spice', a no-named Japanese maple from a big box discount shelf, three Cinnamon Fern- Osmunda cinnamomea, a Callirhoe involucrata, various dwarf irises, one Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' and two Echinacea purpurea compacta (maybe 'Kim's Knee High' or 'Prairie Splendor').
In the tuteur is a Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
A view of the sunny area with the plants in the ground. Looks like there is a lot more room.....
Looking forward to next spring to fill in some of the open areas.
words and photos by Janet,The Queen of Seaford.