My garden in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, began as a clean slate of top soil and compost in early 2000s. I was the first person to plant anything in it and I chose primarily perennials. The garden faces eastward, set on an incline, and surrounds the trunk of a honey locust.
Bones in a Perennial Garden
The bed came to me with two huge slabs of Lannon stone that gave the garden its rough ledges. I could sit on them; I could stand on them. Later, I added thinner and relatively flatter rocks to create walk-paths, which added structural bones to the garden. The stone steps allowed my dogs and I to walk into the garden without causing erosion until the young plants took root.
Perennial Plants and Bulbs on Kelly Place
Brunnera plants (Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’) added the low growing for-get-me-not kind of flower, and Alliums (Allium ‘Gladiator’ and Allium ‘Globemaster’) the tall swinging purple inflorescence that you see still growing in the garden. Both give the garden late spring color.
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ plants were chosen for their white flowers and because the plant tolerates Wisconsin weather; though the plants’ foliage color the garden with red, too.
Speedwell spikes brought more purplish shades (Veronica ‘Royal Candles’) to the garden and the burgundy color of Heuchera, which continue to be my favorite, though I realize there are so many more choices these days.
Gardens evolve, whether you stay and nurture them or move away and someone else tends to their needs.
The perennial garden on Kelly is still there, though a bit smaller. I am happy I can still see plants of my ideas in the perennials that grow there today.