Dry Garden Revamp: Getting Stuck In (Part 1)

This is easily the ugliest photo I’ve ever posted.


But would you just look at how much Anise Hyssop I pulled out of just one area!!!

Today was incredibly slow at work and also had the benefit of being 68C and partly cloudy. I took the day off and stayed at home to get this project underway. If only they’d just pay me to garden!

A few nights ago I went in a pulled out all of that mess in the first photo. There is certainly a disaster on the lawn, but the beds? SO much better. The Anise Hyssop was talking over literally every inch of the pea gravel you see in this photo. Utterly invading the private and personal (and probably emotional) spaces of my Irises, Yucca, Russian Sage, and Baptisia. So rude.


This particular area has long been the neglected portion of the Dry Garden simply because when we initially installed the plants, I didn’t get carried away enough at the nursery and ended up shy on plants. But alas, no more!

I manually pulled up as many of the larger weedy plants (native Spotted Bee Balm- terribly prone to Powdery Mildew- and the afore mentioned Anise Hyssop) as I could and then went back in with the flame weeder to kill off the wee seedlings and miscellaneous clovers. A clean slate as it were.

My plan is to get in here and consolidate the pockets of Irises (and move them away from the Yucca- they are too similar in shape) and beef up the meager swath of Russian Sage running left to right near the top of the photo. I’m hoping to wind up with a big, blousy swath of that purple and silver airy mix they do so well.

Then I will add in some New England Asters that are currently hanging out in the Nursery bed (yay leftovers!). They will add some foliage variation to the Russian Sage and provide that great late summer-autumn color. I will also pull in some Daylilies that we inherited with the house. I’ve no idea what the variety names are, but the dark mauvey throats should mirror the mauvey-pinky-purple of the Echinacea nicely.

A darling co-worker of mine has thinned out her ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum and is sharing with me. That will serve as a middle-height and sturdy addition to help keep some of the floppers in check. Plus the pinky flowers will meld well with the new color scheme and will be beautiful in late-summer/early autumn.

The last thing to do will be to find a limey green selection of something nearing ground cover. I’m not thrilled with the options I have, so it might take some searching. Any ideas?


7 thoughts on “Dry Garden Revamp: Getting Stuck In (Part 1)”

  1. Anise Hyssop will be the Herb of the Year for 2019. All the herb society branches and clubs will be looking for it for cooking demos, plant sales, wreath-making, etc. You probably could have sold it all, fresh or dried!


    1. You are joking, right? Because if you aren’t, I’m going to let what’s left all go to seed, quit work, and cash in on my new cash crop! Ha!!!


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