This is how it started. I was reading Garden's West Magazine and saw a picture of the tulip mix 'Blue Bayou' (mix of Blue Heron, Tres Chic, Shirley, and Blue Diamond), and thought 'I HAVE to have these'. I went bulb shopping and came home with 40 of these, 16 'City Chic' (Deirdre & Verichic), some large narcissus (white with salmon & pink trumpets) and a host of small bulbs: crocuses, muscari, galanthus, fritillaria, fall crocuses, botanical tulips, and one waterlilly that had flowered in the display and was being given away 'to a good home'.
After planting a few here and there, I soon realized that I was out of space & needed a new bed. I've always wanted to dress up the front walkway, since the front beds are all up near the house. Of course, with the extra space, more plants were required.
I was fortunate to still find a nice selection of plants this late in the season. Introducing: Unique Hydrangea, Tango Weigela, 2 fall asters, Hemerocalis 'Canadian Border Patrol', a Lamb's Ear, & a peony that was growing in the deep shade under a large lilac, I hadn't known it was there until I cut back a large bleeding heart and found it underneath. I hope it's happier in it's new home.
This picture was taken mid project, I like the way it looks.
Most of the bulbs are planted here too, other than the Blue Bayou, which has it's own bed in the backyard. I planted some crocus & muscari directly into the lawn just beyond the hydrangea.
I left some grass between this bed and the front one, I like the way it narrows towards the walkway and widens towards the yard, it reminds me of water cascading.
I like the dark foliage of the Tango Weigela, I think it look nice nestled between the Hemerocalis.
This is the planting tag from the 'Canadian Border Patrol' daylily. I love the purple and white colour, as well as the name.
These are some close ups of Hydrangea 'Unique', it is said to be an improved selection of PeeGee. The bright white flowerheads turn pink in the fall, you might be able to see the blush starting to appear on these blooms.