|The entire bed before the additions of this spring. Granted it looks especially bare because the perennials had only barely begun to grow in this photo.|
Though I won't be planting anything found on scree slopes that require that rocky, sandy soil and perfect drainage, I can use this bed to feature dwarf conifers and a few other choice plants. This bed hasn't seen any new additions for several years, so it's about time I injected some fresh foliage into the mix.
|A more recent shot of the north half of the bed, with the addition of one of my very sad-looking beargrass divisions. It does appear to be growing new roots, a good sign, but the foliage had a tough time in those heat waves.|
In addition to the beargrass, Lonicera crassifolia, and a Penstemon pinifolius (planted to the left of the beargrass), I decided to plant a Larix laricina 'Blue Sparkler' from Wee Tree Farm, a Gaultheria miqueliana (Miquel's wintergreen) from The Barn, Rhododendron 'Carmen's Cross' from Down's Rhododendrons, and a Cedrus deodara 'Feelin' Blue' and Podocarpus alpina 'Blue Gem', both from Lael's Moon Garden.
Most of these plants found their "perfect" spots quite readily. I'm especially excited about the larch, podocarpus, and Miquel's wintergreen. The rhododendron had a bit of trouble fitting in, but I'm fairly happy with it so far. A gardener never knows how their garden may change as time rolls on.
|The north side of the bed, with the deodar cedar to the left of and behind the large rock, the larch in the middle of the dwarf balsam firs, and the rhody hanging out in one of the spots I was toying with for it.|
|The south side of the bed, with the podocarpus to the right of the barberry and the wintergreen to the right of the iris.|