A little walkway help

Today we'll look at the part of my garden that I see most: the front walkway. There are some good things going on here...


...but there are some problems too. I'll address one problem spot in particular today...


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...the end of the beds nearest the sidewalk:


The left (north) side is not too bad, as I've previously added some foliage to fill things out:


It's the right (south) side that is a disappointment:


There's nothing to excite me here. The salvia I planted aren't impressing, and there's too much green.


So the salvias came out (transplanted) and I added a bit of punch:


Now that's more like it!  Color, bold foliage -- perfect!

What did I add?

From sidewalk moving back toward the house there's a "firebush" (Hamelia patens) -- whatever it is, the foliage is amazing!


Then a Hybiscus 'Mahogony Splendor' -- I just had to go buy another one:


Paired with Duranta 'Gold Edge' they both look even better:


And then a little further down, this beauty:


That's Pseuderanthemum 'Stainless Steel', and I hope it reaches its full 36" (90cm) height because the colors are just perfect! (I also hope it has a common name because typing "Pseuderanthemum" is getting tiring.)

I know nothing about any of these plants, other than what the tags tell me:



Even with the sun in my eyes, I can see that I've done well:


The only problem is, I can't really see these guys from my office window... I can just get a little peek at the red hibiscus foliage. Maybe when they get bigger. Ah well, at least I'll walk by them a couple of times a day or more.

Now we wait and see if the deer eat any of these...

(It's been almost a week and there have been no signs of nibbling, so maybe they're safe?)

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outlawgardener  – (July 24, 2018 at 10:03 AM)  

"Too much green." Kermit and I (I live in The Evergreen State and he lives in an ever green state) take umbrage with that statement!:) Your new additions do make the south bed much more interesting though.

danger garden  – (July 24, 2018 at 10:27 AM)  

Oh! Pseuderanthemum 'Stainless Steel' is lovely. Nice work.

Evan Bean  – (July 24, 2018 at 9:58 PM)  

I love green, but your adjustments were an improvement. Shhh! Don't jinx it! You'll probably wake up tomorrow to find all those plants eaten to the ground!

Alan  – (July 30, 2018 at 4:56 PM)  

The new plants are all fine (unmunched) but the rex begonia from weeks before has had a haircut. :(

chavliness  – (July 31, 2018 at 2:17 PM)  

I don't know any of those plants, but they look great, hopefully the dear will stay away.

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