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Posted by WiseAcre on Jun 24th, 2008

Chapel Street Garden

Jun 24

The Chapel Street planting is filling out now that I’ve managed a couple of runs to the perennial grower. I know it’s taking a long time but considering each round trip is over 900 miles people are lucky to get anything.

 Chapel Street Garden

 Getting a bit closer on the left side

Chapel Street Garden

Now the right side

Chapel Street Garden

I’m growing a couple new varieties and am happy with them so far.

Coreopsis Verticillata ‘Creme Brulee’

Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'

The first is a real test. I only wished I took more when offered to try them out. The “Plantage” on Long Island is offering a new variety of Coreopsis ‘found’ in the owners garden and they’ve been busy propagating it for us lucky gardeners. Coreopsis Verticillata ‘Creme Brulee’ seems almost a cross between the broad leaf and needle leaved types.  The foliage is a very narrow leaf and the flowers are similar to ‘Moonbeam’ and ‘Zagreb’.

 The ‘Creme Brulee’ is blooming before the ‘Zagreb’ which is only beginining to bud.

Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'Wouldn’t you agree this is a very nice?

 Achillea m. ‘Paprika’

Achillea 'Paprika'

 I have avoided Yarrows since transplanting some ‘wild’ Yarrow into a garden years ago. That garden is long gone but the Yarrow has established a colony that only the lawn mower keeps restrained. I have a feeling if it wasn’t mowed it would have spread to the next town by now. But newer varieties of Achillea are not nearly as aggressive so I thought I give ‘Paprika’ a chance. It was just too hard to resist those nice red blooms.




Achillea 'Paprika'

 They are a bit floppy right now. Right after being planted they were hammered with one hell of a storm.

Geranium pratense ‘Hocus Pocus’

 I had to try the ‘Hocus Pocus’ just for the foliage. The color is a deep purple and it make for a great contrast against the light colored rock and the green of the Sedum. The flowers are nice too.

Geranium 'Hocus Pocus'

And now for something completely different!

This daylily should almost be considered a wildflower. I haven’t seen any of these sold in years but the supply around here is almost unlimited. Miles of roadside are lined with these large old daylilies. They’re quite tall often growing over 4 feet high. Unlike the newer daylily varieties these must be considered very aggressive. They’re not hard to controll but you better not forget or you’ll be up to your wazoo in them.

Common Orange Daylily

Common Orange Daylily

Ok the planting is done for now. I need to make another trip to the nursery but I’m going fishing first.



5 Responses

  1. Annie in Austin Says:

    Hi WiseAcre,

    My second thought was that this rock garden entrance looks attractive, but my first thought was that those steps without railings are a big pain when you are trying to help an elderly or less mobile person up to the door.
    Or does everyone actually use a side door and this is just for show?

    I bought coreopsis Creme Brulee at Lowe’s in fall 2005 and like this plant a lot. They respond well to division. The Paprika is very tempting!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    The main use entrance is in the back. The front is mainly for show and to give the postman a good stair-stepping workout.

    I have a feeling the Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee’ is going to get a lot of use from me. One note for those who may consider growing some – It demands a well drained spot. The grower mentioned it hates having wet feet.

    The ‘paparika’ must be tempting. I’ve had a number of people stop and ask where they can get some. I’m looking forward to seeing it next year after having a chance to establish itself.

  2. Apple Says:

    Love the dark foliage of the geranium against the rocks.

    I always thought those daylilies were a wildflower. I call them ditch lilies. The ones in my garden have just started to bloom in the last couple of days and are over 5′ tall. What is the dark plant you have with them? I have a red husker penstemon planted near mine and I love the contrast.

    See what I mean – most people think those old common orange daylilies are wildflowers. Ditch Lilies is a good name 🙂 since that’s where they’re most often found.

    That dark foliage is a Purpleleaf Sand cherry. (Prunus x cistena) I like the dark foliage against the light background of the house. It will take some time for them to grow and fill out to really contrast but they’re on their way.

  3. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    I would definitely have snagged more of ‘Creme Brulee.’ That is a great looking little plant & the color would work well in lots of combinations, especially with either that Yarrow or the ‘Hocus Pocus’ Geranium.

    Mr. McGregor’s Daughter,
    I’m going to get more even if I have to leave something else behind next time I go to the nursery. It’s done far better than expected and I’m tickled ‘yellow’ with it.

  4. Bert Says:

    That’s a mold-bereark. Great thinking!

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