Monday, April 13, 2009

Hosta and Viola

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
- Mark Twain

'Thaila' Daffodil


Hosta 'Eskimo Pie'

I created a flower bed last year under my Tulip Tree on the North side of my home. I have been slow on planting in it as I keep changing my mind as to what I want so I started with a few plants. Some pictures here last year of the flower bed. Saturday I planted Hosta 'Eskimo Pie'. This Hosta can tolerate a little sun, which it will receive from the East in the early morning hour. It reaches 20-24" high and 30" wide. White flowers on 30" scapes in midsummer.

As a companion plant I planted Viola 'Cornuta Purple Showers'. It is also a shade loving plant that reaches 6-8" high and about 12" wide. Its evergreen leaves support star shaped flowers and if cut back in the summer can produce a second blooming. I thought the purple would be a beautiful contrast to Eskimo Pie's pale yellow centers.

The rest of the day I spent spreading a yard (pickup truck full) of mulch. Ugh! But once finished the flower beds look so pretty. This year I will be able to sit back an enjoy the garden more. As some of you may know I spent last year planting about 70% of my flower beds. ....... but I will confess I am one to always find a new flower bed or landscape project. LOL


Blossom said...

I can see how much you love gardening. It shows. I don't really know much about mulching. I heard it's good for the plants. Maybe I'll learn more about it.

Anonymous said...

Where have I been? Hi Karen~~ Eskimo Pie is a WINNER. Gimme, gimme. Your mulch looks really nice. I hate that job too but the results are so worth the sore back. :)