One half of the yard is sunny, well okay, about one third of the yard is sunny and the rest is dappled or full shade. This is what has succeeded so far. It has morphed and changed with the trees. It doesn't help that my neighbor has also planted trees right next to mine on her side of the fence. Why? I don't know. Don't get me started on her fence. It was fresh for the first year, but a decade later - it definitely is STALE! Not to mention the mulch that she places in her yard year after year. Eucalyptus mulch. On top of her previous years mulch. Ten years of mulch. Knee deep mulch. Mildew smelling mulch. Mulch that has eucalyptus oils in it to keep the weeds at
bay? The same "oils?" that leech into my soil and mutate my vegetation. (Along with pool water that accidently gets pumped into my yard once in a while - well not yet this year. My fingers are crossed. I actually like my neighbors so I shouldn't sound so crabby. And I hope they are not reading this....?) Well, nothing wants to grow next to the fence anymore. It all moves about a foot away. Can you blame it? I replaced the soil and amended it a few years back. Things are trying to come back.
I planted a few Endless Summer hydrangeas and they are not blooming. Tootsie addressed this on her blog TootsieTime. I should really move them to a more dappled shady spot. I've never transplanted anything so large so I am kinda afraid to do it, and you know, I am happy that something is actually growing in that location. However, my Annabelle's are beautiful this year! A wreath is definitely in the plans for this year!
Do you think that I planted the hostas too close together? If I move them apart a bit, do you think it would be okay or will I harm them?
I planted Anise Hyssop seeds from the plants on the other side of the yard and they seem to thrive over here, too. They will be invasive. I know that because they are a member of the mint family. But I feel that that is okay because they are green and pretty!
Near my patio I at first tried to get ferns of various types to grow. I think that they didn't care for the ph of the soil. A few have thrived - well really just persevered. Poor babies. But the Snow-on-the-mountain likes it! It spead and filled in nicely! I have a few hostas tucked in the space that I need to move out, because they don't get the recognition they deserve.
Hoping to hear your opinions soon,