Glorious sunshine after rain

"Spring Symphony" Tiarella, daylily, mini heuchera, mini hosta

“Spring Symphony” Tiarella, daylily, mini heuchera, mini hosta

Oh, my spring garden is so lovely.  All the work we did in the past several years is really paying off.  The dry creek bed is settling in, and the tiny miniature plants I put in the new raised beds last year are showing up and growing apace.  This spring, in contrast to last years dreadful spring, has been perfect.  Cool, wet weather started the plants off slow and steady, and every once in a while we have those glorious days of 70 degree weather with sunshine that you remember with fondness and gratitude.

North Dakota spring garden

North Dakota spring garden

The 2012 rock garden and raised beds are luscious with lime green mini foam flowers  Heuchera “Sweet Tart” that are just beginning their season.

Rock garden bed featuring mini heuchera, mini daylilies and a sedum.

Rock garden bed featuring mini heuchera, mini daylilies and a sedum.

The next part of the raised bed glows with the golden lime of the “Gold Heart” bleeding heart. This makes a great backdrop for smaller plants. The bleeding heart can grow up to 3′ or so, and really prefer shade, but will tolerate some sun.  They are one of the first plants to appear in my garden in the spring. I keep them watered so they last into the heat of the summer, but eventually they will look sad and disappear into dormancy until next spring. The 2 panels of fence in the background are temporary (for shade) as we work with the neighbor to build a permanent shade fence here, and along the whole west side of our shared properties.

The hosta in the center of the front bed is a new one from Bill Meyers and Walters Gardens called “Wheee!”. With ruffled leaves and a white border, it is full of motion and fun. The flowers will be light lavender.  It is surrounded by mini dayliles, and one special ruffly plant called Sedum populifolium.  It is hardy to zone 2! It will grow 10″ tall and spread in the sun to about 18″.

Bleeding Heart "Gold Heart"

Bleeding Heart “Gold Heart”

As we move along the west part of the garden down the dry creek bed, we can see the lily bed. The lovely hosta to the left is Earth Angel, chosen hosta of the year in 2009. The smaller hosta to the right is a favorite called “June’, and there are pink rain lilies in the purple pot.  I put these bulbs n the basement in their dry pot in the fall, and bring them out every spring, and they never fail to delight.

Dry creek bed leading to the lily bed under the cottonwood tree

Dry creek bed leading to the lily bed under the cottonwood tree

Here you can see the martagon  and Asiatic lilies stretching high.

Martagon and asiatic lilies with miniature evergreens, daffodils, rain lilies in the purple pot

Martagon and asiatic lilies with miniature evergreens, daffodils, rain lilies in the purple pot

As we move around to the north-east corner of the garden, one of my favorite plants can be seen peeking out from two bleeding heart plants. This lovely variegated dogwood is called “Golden Shadows” Cornus alternifolia “Wstackman” and is a pagoda shaped shrub/small tree that will grow to 12′ high and a spread of 15′ within 30 years. I am hoping I have it in a shady enough site, nestled by two fences, in the shade of an aging cottonwood tree.Tim Wood, on his wonderful blog called Plant Hunter, explains how this Golden Shadows dogwood was discovered. http://plant-quest.blogspot.com/2006/07/golden-shadows-pagoda-dogwood.html

"Golden Shadows" dogwood

“Golden Shadows” dogwood

Well friends, that is enough for today.  Hope you enjoyed the spring garden tour, and we will see you again soon!  Susan

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  1. Your pictures look like they are from England. How absolutely beautiful!!!

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