I realized something late last week: my walkway planting beds need to be wider. They also need more permanence, or year-round interest, as they're quite barren in the winter.
So I decided to do a little turf removal, some plant shopping, and I think I did something good.
We'll open with a few looks at the bed before my digging started:
Things are looking a bit thin right now, as some of the previously-dominating plants like Artemesia 'Powis Castle' took a big hit this winter and will take a couple of months before they fill their allotted spaces again. Things look more full form certain angles:
I'm filling in with some seedlings -- I've got no shortage of volunteers this year -- but resisting the urge to plant everything I have. Things need a bit of space, or they will come July. Patience.
As for permanence, I realized that I really like the dark ninebark in the back garden. Wouldn't a dwarf version look fantastic here in the front?
Why yes, yes it would! This is 'Little Devil' ninebark, small, bushy, beautiful.
I essentially doubled the width of this bed, filling in with annuals -- cannas to start with. I'm sure I'll add more perennials (and annuals) as the summer progresses a bit.
I realized that the butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) -- another dwarf variety -- that I planted earlier this year needed more space, so I moved it back a foot or so:
It's difficult to judge where things should go early in the season when very little has emerged. You think I would know this by now. Too eager to plant I guess. I gave the ninebark the space it needs, as it's easier to plan at this time of year, at least for me.
Oooh, that's going to look so nice in a month or two!
I just hope that 'Little Devil' stays as small as it's supposed to (3-4' tall and 3' wide).