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top prev next bottom Flowerbed Details

We go clockwise around the house, starting at the front of the house, around the garage to the South. Then via the backside and the North side back to the front. We use mainly perennials, with some shrubs and a few annuals for added colours. Due to the dynamic nature we have left out the annuals and bulbs in this overview.

Our environment

Before we give some details of what we are growing on our acreage, it is important to understand the environment. We live outside of Calgary in the North-West at an elevation of 4,250 feet or 1,295 meters. Our lot measures 70 meters North-South and 120 meters East-West. On average we have frost from September 15 until May 23, which gives us a 3½ month growing season. The ground heats up pretty slow as the land predominantly slopes towards the North. Our highest point is the South-West corner where we have our picnic table for that beautiful wide view. From there it slopes down to the North and the East. The lowest point is indeed on the North side where we have a seasonal pond. An ideal place for ducks and plovers.

Our main goals for the yard

Legend

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, East of House (8-Jul-2007)

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Flowerbed East side of House area: 4.5 m² (48 sqft)
topography: level
sun: Light, but no sun
soil: good, moist

A difficult corner between the house and the garage.
Pigmy Peashrub Pigmy Peashrub (shrub)
(Caragana pygmaea)

zone: 2
height: 1 m, 3 ft
spread: 1.5 m, 5 ft
flower: yellow

Prune to get a denser bush.
Creeping Jenny Creeping Jenny (perennial)
(Lysimachia nummularia)

zone: 2
height: 10 cm, 4"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: gold yellow, May-August
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

We are not very successful with our Creeping Jenny; it has a tendency to disappear on us, especially when it gets dry. Okay, I know, this patch needs a bit of weeding.
Heartleaf Bergenia, or Elephant Ears Heartleaf Bergenia, or Elephant Ears (perennial)
(Bergenia cordifolia)

zone: 2
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 60 cm, 24 "
flower: pink clusters, June-July
divide: 3 to 4 years (A), or when centre weakens (split)

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, East of Garage (8-Jul-2007)

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Flowerbed East side garage area: 11 m² (118 sqft)
topography: level
sun: until early afternoon
soil: good, dry

Clematis and Delphinium to break that massive garage wall. We usually plant Marigolds at the edge against the path to add some colour.
Spruce Blue Globe Spruce Blue Globe (evergreen)
(Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa')

zone: 2
height: 1.5 m, 5 ft
spread: 1.5 m, 5 ft
foliage: blue

Prune in spring to maintain a globe form.
Juniper Arcadia Juniper Arcadia (evergreen)
(Juniper sabina 'Arcadia')

zone: 2
height: 0.5 m, 2 ft
spread: 2 m, 7 ft
foliage: green

Grows around the corner to the South side as well. Used for shading the root system of the Golden Clematis. Prune in spring to maintain a pleasing shape.
Clematis Ville de Lyon Clematis Ville de Lyon (perennial vine)
(Clematis)

zone: 3
height: 2.5 m, 8 ft
spread: 2.5 m, 8 ft
flower: carmine red

Requires trellis. Prune close to ground level in spring.
Clematis Golden Clematis Golden (perennial vine)
(Clematis tangutica)

zone: 2
height: 3 m, 10 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: golden yellow

Requires trellis. Grows around the corner to the South side as well. Prune close to ground level in spring. A vigorous plant with fluffy seed heads.
Delphinium Delphinium (perennial)
(Delphinium)

zone: 3
height: 1.5 m, 5 ft
spread: 0.5 m, 2 ft
flower: blue, white, June-July
divide: 3 years (A)

Very sensitive to aphids, so keep a close eye on the plants.
Columbine Long Spurred Mixed Columbine Long Spurred Mixed (perennial)
(Aquilegia)

zone: 2
height: 70 cm, 2 ft
spread: 30 cm, 1 ft
flower: mixed, June-July

Although re-seeding itself, the colour will degenerate. Therefore replace 1/3 of plants with fresh seedlings.
Coral Bell Coral Bell (perennial)
(Heuchera sanguinea)

zone: 3
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: red, June-July
divide: 4 to 5 years (B)

Keep moist for best results.
Alyssum Saxatile Alyssum Saxatile (perennial)
(Aurinia Saxatilis 'Citrina')

zone: 3
height: 20 cm, 8"
spread: 25 cm, 10"
flower: yellow, May-June

Although classified as a perennial, it looks more like a self-seeding bi-annual, i.e. grows from seed first year and blooms second year. Used for shading the root system of the Clematis.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, South of Garage (4-Sep-2009)

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Flowerbed South side garage area: 8 m² (86 sqft)
topography: level
sun: until late afternoon
soil: good, dry

Clematis and Tomatoes to break that massive garage wall. In 2004 we were not able to seed tomatoes indoors so we planted Marigolds instead.
Juniper Arcadia Juniper Arcadia (evergreen)
(Juniper sabina 'Arcadia')

zone: 2
height: 0.5 m, 2 ft
spread: 2 m, 7 ft
foliage: green

Grows around the corner to the East side as well. Used for shading the root system of the Golden Clematis. Prune in spring to maintain a pleasing shape.
Clematis Golden Clematis Golden (perennial vine)
(Clematis tangutica)

zone: 2
height: 3 m, 10 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: golden yellow

Requires trellis. Grows around the corner to the East side as well. Prune close to ground level in spring. A vigorous plant with fluffy seed heads.
Clematis Etoile Violette Clematis Etoile Violette (perennial vine)
(Clematis viticella)

zone: 3
height: 3 m, 10 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: purple

Requires trellis. Prune close to ground level in spring.
Gasplant Gasplant (perennial)
(Dictamnus albus)

zone: 3
height: 90 cm, 3 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: white, early-mid summer

Difficult to grow from seed, but once you succeed this perennial lives for up to 20 years. Skin irritant with sunlight. Disappeared after a few years.
Hollyhock
Hollyhock
Double Hollyhock -- 3 varieties, Black Hollyhock -- single (perennial)
(Alcea rosea 'Peaches n Dreams', 'Chaters Double', 'Charters Maroon', 'Nigra')

zone: 2
height: 180 cm, 6 ft
spread: 40 cm, 1 ft
flower: peachy-pink, various, maroon, black-maroon

Allow to self seed. The first picture shows the hollyhocks in their first year (2006). In 2007 and 2008 most of the hollyhocks were the black variety. The second picture is taken in August 2009 and shows againa nice variety of colours, yet most of the double hollyhocks have not returned. All I am saying is that you can expect lots of surprises with hollyhocks. Enjoy.
Double Purple Coneflower Double Purple Coneflower (perennial)
(Echinacea purpurea 'Razzmatazz')

zone: 3
height: 85 cm, 3 ft
spread: 50 cm, 1-2 ft
flower: purple, midsummer through fall

Attracts butterflies. Excellent for cutting. Disappeared after the first year.
Asiatic Lily Asiatic Lily - Dwarf Yellow, Yellow Pixie, Red Pixie, Sorbet (perennial)
(Lilium 'Butter Pixie', 'Yellow Pixie', 'Red Pixie, 'Sorbet')

zone: 2
height: 30-100 cm, 1-3 ft
spread: 15-60 cm, ½-2 ft
flower: yellow, red, white/pink, July-August
divide: 4 to 6 years (C) in fall

Beautiful bloomer.
Obedient Plant Obedient Plant (perennial)
(Physostegia virginiana 'Bouquet Rose')

zone: 2
height: 105 cm, 3-1/2 ft
spread: 75 cm, 2-1/2 ft
flower: deep-pink

Easy to control. Ours have not done too well and suspect that ants and the dryness is not doing them much good.
Bearded Iris Bearded Iris (perennial)
(Iris germanica)

zone: 3
height: 50 cm, 20"
spread: 10 cm, 4"
flower: yellow & purple, late spring
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

An Iris is a rhizomes and should only be half buried!
Alyssum Saxatile Alyssum Saxatile (perennial)
(Aurinia Saxatilis 'Citrina')

zone: 3
height: 20 cm, 8"
spread: 25 cm, 10"
flower: yellow, May-June

Although classified as a perennial, it looks more like a self-seeding bi-annual, i.e. grows from seed first year and blooms second year. Used for shading the root system of the Clematis.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, South of House (16-Jul-2005)

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Flowerbed South side house area: 14 m² (151 sqft)
topography: level
sun: until late afternoon
soil: so-so, moist

Creates a cozy corner with a park bench to drink our morning coffee surrounded by yellow Potentilla and with a complete view onto the vegetable yard and the bird feeder.

You can see that the "boss" keeps a close eye on me.
Mum Dwarf Chrysanthemum (perennial)
(Chrysanthemum weyrichii 'White Bomb')

zone: 3
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 40 cm, 16"
fower: white daisies, fall

May need covering in winter.
Juniper Blue Star Juniper Blue Star (evergreen)
(Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')

zone: 4
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 60 cm, 24"
foliage: steel blue

May need covering in winter.
Potentilla Goldfinger
Potentilla Goldfinger
Potentilla Goldfinger, Potentilla Orange Wisper (shrub)
(Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger', Potentilla fruticosa 'Orange Wisper')

zone: 2
height: 1.25 m, 4 ft (Orange Wisper 75 cm, 2½ ft)
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: dark yellow, orange

The Goldfinger is a very hardy potentilla with the largest flowers. Encourage new growth by vigorous pruning in early spring. The Orange Wisper has smaller mounded shape.

Just an extra picture of a snow covered potentilla.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, South-West before Deck (14-Jul-2013)

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Flowerbed before deck S.W. area: 16.5 m² (178 sqft)
topography: North sloping
sun: whole day from about mid-morning
soil: poor, mulched

Has a border of Siberian Blue Dianthus on the path side, and ends under the deck against an area of crystal white rocks.
Blue Oat Grass Blue Oat Grass (perennial)
(Helictrochen sempervirens)

zone: 4
height: 1 m, 3 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
foliage: blue
divide: 3 years (B)

Trim after blooming to promote foliage.
Blue Fescue Blue Fescue (perennial)
(Festuca ovina glauca)

zone: 3
height: 25 cm, 10"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
foliage: blue
divide: 3 years (B)

Waterton Mock Orange Waterton Mock Orange (shrub)
(Philadelphus lewissi 'Waterton')

zone: 2
height: 100 cm, 3 ft
spread: 150 cm, 5 ft
flower: fragrant single white, late June
Started flowering the second year.
Dianthus Siberian Blue Dianthus - Siberian Blue (perennial)
(Dianthus 'Siberian Blue')

zone: 2
height: 40 cm, 1 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: indigo, July-September
divide: 3 years (B); success rate is poor

This perennial was started from seed and take a few years to mature.
Anemone Pasque Flower Anemone - Pasque Flower (perennial)
(Pulsatilla vulgaris)

zone: 2
height: 30 cm, 1 ft
spread: 30 cm, 1 ft
flower: purple red, April-May
divide: 3 to 5 years (B)

One of the earliest bloomers. The flowers change into beautiful fluffy balls.
Liatris Balzing Star Liatris Balzing Star (perennial)
(Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violett')

zone: 2
height: 75 cm, 30"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: magenta-purple, July-August

Dianthus Sweet William Dianthus Sweet William (perennial)
(Dianthus barbatus 'dwarf double mix')

zone: 2
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: mixed colours, June-September; self seeding biennial

Cornflower Cornflower (perennial)
(Centaurus dealbata)

zone: 3
height: 60 cm, 24"
spread: 50 cm, 20"
flower: rosy-purple; June-September

Excellent cutting flower.
Oriental Poppy Oriental Poppy (perennial)
(Papaver oriental 'Allegro')

zone: 2
height: 50 cm, 20"
spread: 50 cm, 20"
flower: scarlet-orange; summer and late spring

Cut off spent flowers to promote new flowers.
Asiatic Lily Asiatic Lily - Dwarf Yellow, Yellow Pixie, Red Pixie, Sorbet (perennial)
(Lilium 'Butter Pixie', 'Yellow Pixie', 'Red Pixie, 'Sorbet')

zone: 2
height: 30-100 cm, 1-3 ft
spread: 15-60 cm, ½-2 ft
flower: yellow, red, white/pink, July-August
divide: 4 to 6 years (C) in fall

Beautiful bloomer.
Coral Bell Coral Bell (perennial)
(Heuchera sanguinea)

zone: 3
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: red, June-July
divide: 4 to 5 years (B)

Keep moist for best results.
Lamium Dead Nettle Dead Nettle (perennial)
(Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy')

zone: 2
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: white, May-September
foliage: variegated

Trumpet Daffodil Trumpet Daffodil King Alfred (bulb)
(Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

zone:
height: 40 cm, 16"
spread: 15 cm, 6"
flower: bright yellow trumpets, late May/early June
These bulbs can be left in the ground year after year. We typically place them with perennials that are late growers/bloomers to fill the emptiness. Deer love them too, but then as a snack.
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris (perennial)
(Iris germanica)

zone: 3
height: 50 cm, 20"
spread: 10 cm, 4"
flower: blue & white, late spring
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

An Iris is a rhizomes and should only be half buried!
Tulip Tulip (bulb)
(Tulipa)

zone:
height: 40 cm, 16"
spread: 5 cm, 2"
flower: red/orange with yellow streaks, late May/early June

These bulbs can be left in the ground year after year. We typically place them with perennials that are late growers/bloomers to fill the emptiness. We thought that they were all eaten by the deer, but suddenly in May-2007 this one poked its head up again, and we have idea anymore what species it is.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, top tier South-West (8-Jul-2007)

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Flowerbed top tier S.W. area: 45 m² (484 sqft)
topography: slight slope to the North-East
sun: whole day
soil: good

Main flower bed with retaining wall. In full view from inside the house and the patio.
Juniper Arcadia Juniper Arcadia (evergreen)
(Juniper sabina 'Arcadia')

zone: 2
height: 0.5 m, 2 ft
spread: 2 m, 7 ft
foliage: green

If necessary prune in spring to maintain a pleasing shape.
Juniper Blue Chip Juniper Blue Chip (evergreen)
(Juniper - horizontalis 'Blue Chip')

zone: 4
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 175 cm, 6 ft
foliage: blue

May need covering in winter.
Spruce Blue Globe Spruce Blue Globe (evergreen)
(Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa')

zone: 2
height: 1.5 m, 5 ft
spread: 1.5 m, 5 ft
foliage: blue

Prune in spring to maintain a globe form.
Dwarf European Cranberry Dwarf European Cranberry (shrub)
(Viburnum opulus 'Nanum')

zone: 3
height: 75 cm, 2½ ft
spread: 75 cm, 2½ ft
foliage: green

Sensitive to winterkill.
Snow-in-Summer Snow-in-Summer (perennial)
(Cerastium tomemtosum)

zone: 2
height: 15 cm, 6"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
foliage: white, May-July
divide: optional (B)

Creates beautiful borders. Is self-seeding, so needs a bit of control.
Peony - Double
Peony - Double
Peony - Double (perennial)
(Paeonia lactiflora 'Double White', 'Double Pink', 'Karl Rosenfield-Red')

zone: 2
height: 90 cm, 3 ft
spread: 90 cm, 3 ft
foliage: white, pink and red, June-August
divide: optional in fall (A, 2-3 eyes)

One of the most beautiful flowers. Require some form of support due to the heaviness of the flowers, e.g. tomato cages, peony hoops, stalks. You typically see ants on the buds. These ants actually help the buds to open.
Maltese Cross Maltese Cross (perennial)
(Lychnis chalcedonica)

zone: 2
height: 100 cm, 3 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
foliage: red, summer

Taking the top off from the first stem when it is about 20 cm makes for a bushier plant.
Geranium Cranesbill Geranium Cranesbill (e.g. Blood, Siberian, Bigroot, Pink), Geranium Sang White (perennial)
(Geranium x 'Claridge druce', Geranium himalayense, Geranium sanguineum, Geranium wlassovianum, Geranium m. 'Bevans Variety', Geranium endressii)

zone: 2-4
height: 30-60 cm, 1-2 ft
spread: 45 cm, 1½ ft
foliage: red, white pink, magenta-pink, violet-purple, summer
divide: 4 to 5 years (A)

Spurge - Purple Leaf Spurge - Purple Leaf (perennial)
(Euphorbia polychroma)

zone: 3
height: 45 cm, 1½ ft
spread: 45 cm, 1½ ft
foliage: yellow, May-June
divide: optional (A)

A bit of an iffy plant; has difficulties coming back after winter.
Goat's Beard Goat's Beard (perennial)
(Aruncus dioicus)

zone: 3
height: 1.5 m, 5 ft
spread: 1 cm, 3 ft
foliage: creamy-white, early to mid summer

Likes moisture. Trim after blooming.
Sedum - Russian Stonecrop Sedum - Russian Stonecrop (perennial)
(Sedum kamtschaticum)

zone: 3
height: 15 cm, 6"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
foliage: yellow, June-August
divide: optional (C)

Nice, low maintenance ground cover.
Dianthus Siberian Blue Dianthus - Siberian Blue (perennial)
(Dianthus 'Siberian Blue')

zone: 2
height: 40 cm, 1 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: indigo, July-September
divide: 3 years (B); success rate is poor

This perennial was started from seed and take a few years to mature.
Mother-of-Thyme Mother-of-Thyme (perennial)
(Thymus)

zone: 3
height: 15 cm, 6"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
foliage: lavender, June-July
divide: 3 years (C)

Sage Silver King Sage Silver King, Sage Silver Mound (perennial)
(Artemesia ludoviciana 'Silver King', Artemesia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound')

zone: 2, 1
height: 90 cm, 3 ft; 30 cm, 1 ft
spread: 75 cm, 2½ ft; 45 cm, 1½ ft
foliage: silver
divide: 10 years (A); 3 to 4 years (A)

Easy to divide and propagate in spring.
Cornflower Cornflower (perennial)
(Centaurus dealbata)

zone: 3
height: 60 cm, 24"
spread: 50 cm, 20"
flower: rosy-purple; June-September

Excellent cutting flower.
Yarrow Yarrow - Red Beauty, and many others (perennial)
(Achillea millefolium 'Red Beauty', and many others)

zone: 2
height: 70 cm, 2 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: red and many other colours; June-September
divide: 3 to 4 years (A)

Bearded Iris Bearded Iris (perennial)
(Iris germanica)

zone: 3
height: 50 cm, 20"
spread: 10 cm, 4"
flower: blue & white, late spring
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

An Iris is a rhizomes and should only be half buried!

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, bottom tier South-West (29-Jul-2011)

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Flowerbed bottom tier S.W. area: 14 m² (151 sqft)
topography: level
sun: partially shaded
soil: good, moist

In front of the main flower bed also with retention wall. In full view from inside the house and the patio.
Weeping Caragana Weeping Caragana (tree)
(Caragana arborescens 'Walker')

zone: 2
height: 2 m, 8 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: yellow; spring

Grafted atop a single trunk gives it the shape of a small weeping tree.
Allium Purple Sensation Allium Purple Sensation (bulb)
(Allium aflatunenense 'Purple Sensation')

zone: 3
height: 80 cm, 3 ft
spread: 10 cm, 4"
flower: purple

Carpathian Bellflower Carpathian Bellflower (perennial)
(Campanula carpatica 'Blue Pearl')

zone: 2
height: 25 cm, 10"
spread: 35 cm, 14"
flower: medium-blue; remove spent flowers

Peony - Double Peony - Double (perennial)
(Paeonia lactiflora 'Kansas')

zone: 2
height: 80 cm, 2½ ft
spread: 75 cm, 3½ ft
foliage: red, June-August
divide: optional in fall (A, 2-3 eyes)

One of the most beautiful flowers. Require some form of support due to the heaviness of the flowers, e.g. tomato cages, peony hoops, stalks. You typically see ants on the buds. These ants actually help the buds to open.
Creeping Jenny Creeping Jenny (perennial)
(Lysimachia nummularia)

zone: 2
height: 10 cm, 4"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: gold yellow, May-August
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

We are not very successful with our Creeping Jenny; it has a tendency to disappear on us, especially when it gets dry. Okay, I know, this patch needs a bit of weeding.
Columbine Long Spurred Mixed Columbine Long Spurred Mixed (perennial)
(Aquilegia x hybrida)

zone: 2
height: 70 cm, 28"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: mixed, May-June

Keep an eye out for caterpillars.
White Clustered Bellflower White Clustered Bellflower (perennial)
(Campanula glomerata 'Alba')

zone: 3
height: 60 cm, 2 ft
spread: 70 cm, 2 ft
flower: white, summer

Alpine Speedwell Alpine Speedwell (perennial)
(Veronica Allonii)

zone: 3
height: 10 cm, 4"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: blue, summer, cut spent flower

Rock Soapwort Rock Soapwort (perennial)
(Saponaria ocymoides)

zone: 2
height: 20 cm, 8"
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: pink, late spring

Drought tolerant.
Blanket Flower Blanket Flower (perennial)
(Gaillardia Golden Goblin)

zone: 2
height: 25 cm, 10"
spread: 35 cm, 14"
flower: golden-yellow

Yellow Foxglove Yellow Foxglove (perennial)
(Digitalis grandiflora)

zone: 2
height: 75 cm, 2½ ft
spread: 35 cm, 14"
flower: creamy yellow

This plant is toxic!!!
  Gloxinia Chinese Hardy (perennial)
(Sinningia speciosa)

zone: 4
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 25 cm, 10"
flower: purple

Italian Aster Violet Queen Italian Aster Violet Queen (perennial)
(Aster amellus?)

zone:
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: purple, early fall

Bellflower Peachleaf Bellflower (perennial)
(Campanula persicifolia)

zone: 2
height: 60 cm, 24"
spread: 30 cm, 12"
flower: blue
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

Chinese Lantern Plant Chinese Lantern Plant (perennial)
(Physalis alkekengi)

zone: 2
height: 60 cm, 24"
spread: 60 cm, 24"
flower: insignificant white; seed pods are surrounded by a bright orange "lantern", August

Very aggressive spreader.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, North of House (28-Sep-2004)

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Flowerbed North of House area: 7 m² (75 sqft)
topography: level
sun: as from early evening
soil: poor, moist

Difficult bed with so little sunshine.
Heartleaf Bergenia, or Elephant Ears Heartleaf Bergenia, or Elephant Ears (perennial)
(Bergenia cordifolia)

zone: 2
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 60 cm, 24 "
flower: pink clusters, June-July
divide: 3 to 4 years (A), or when centre weakens (split)

Hosta Hosta, or Plantain Lily (perennial)
(Hosta 'Golden Tiara')

zone: 3
height: 60 cm, 2 ft
spread: 30 cm, 1 ft
flower: purple; June-Augusty
divide: optional (B)

Snow-on-the-Mountain Snow-on-the-Mountain, or Goatweed/foot, or Bishop's Weed (perennial)
(Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum')

zone: 1
height: 30 cm, 1 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: green-white; July-Augusty
divide: optional (A)

Very invasive grower; use alone in an isolated area.

top prev next bottom Flowerbed, North-East of House (28-Sep-2004)

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Flowerbed front of house N.E. area: 23.5 m² (253 sqft)
topography: level
sun: until mid morning, and the lower two tiers also as from early evening
soil: very good, moist

A three tier flowerbed with retaining walls. The tiers step down to the North. The top tier has low plant material as welcome to guests, while the lower tiers have roses -- a challenge considering the limited amount of sun and that they are facing North --.
Mugho Pine Mugho Pine (evergreen)
(Pinus mugo)

zone: 2
height: 2 m, 7 ft
spread: 2 m, 7 ft

Takes about 15 years to mature. Trim 1/3 of the buds for a compacter growth.
Juniper Blue Star Juniper Blue Star (evergreen)
(Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')

zone: 4
height: 45 cm, 18"
spread: 60 cm, 24"
foliage: steel blue

May need covering in winter.
Juniper Blue Chip Juniper Blue Chip (evergreen)
(Juniper - horizontalis 'Blue Chip')

zone: 4
height: 30 cm, 12"
spread: 175 cm, 6 ft
foliage: blue

May need covering in winter.
Sage Silver King Sage Silver King (perennial)
(Artemesia ludoviciana 'Silver King')

zone: 2
height: 90 cm, 3 ft
spread: 75 cm, 2½ ft
foliage: silver
divide: 10 years (A)

Easy to divide and propagate in spring.
Chive Chive (perennial)
(Allium schoenoprasum)

zone:
height: 30 cm, 1 ft
spread: 60 cm, 2 ft
flower: purple
divide: optional (A)

Leaves are edible, for example in a salad. Spreads very quickly.
Sedum - Russian Stonecrop Sedum Russian Stonecrop, Sedum Red Dragon's Blood (perennial)
(Sedum kamtschaticum, Sedum spurium red form)

zone: 3
height: 15 cm, 6"
spread: 45 cm, 18"
flower: yellow, red, June-August
divide: optional (C)

Nice, low maintenance ground cover.
Carpathian Bellflower Carpathian Bellflower (perennial)
(Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips', 'Deep Blue Clips')

zone: 2
height: 25 cm, 10"
spread: 35 cm, 14"
flower: medium-blue; remove spent flowers

Roses Rosa Rugosa 'Hansa', 'Blanc de Coubert', 'F.J. Grootendorst'
Rosa 'Prairie Dawn', 'Theresa Bugnet', 'Morden Blush (rose)

(Rosa)

zone: 3
height: 1-1.5 m, 3-5 ft
spread: 1 m, 3 ft
flower: white, pink, red; double, light to medium fragrance

Dwarf European Cranberry Dwarf European Cranberry (shrub)
(Viburnum opulus 'Nanum')

zone: 3
height: 75 cm, 2½ ft
spread: 75 cm, 2½ ft
foliage: green

Sensitive to winterkill.
Bearded Iris Bearded Iris (perennial)
(Iris germanica)

zone: 3
height: 50 cm, 20"
spread: 10 cm, 4"
flower: blue & white, late spring
divide: 3 to 4 years (C)

An Iris is a rhizomes and should only be half buried!

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