Sometimes there are just too many choices. You know the scenario: there is an opportunity to buy a new plant (or three) but you are dizzy with all the possibilities and can't seem to settle on a final decision. Well that's me right now – so I'm inviting you to share your ideas.
To add plants to surround– and fill this new planter that I purchased at Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden recently. It is 27" square and 12" deep.
Plants must be:
- Deer resistant
- Rabbit and vole resistant (yes – I'm dreaming….)
- Tolerant of summer dry-winter wet conditions
- Tolerant of full sun and fertile, amended clay soil
- Preferably evergreen or at least have winter interest
- Hardy in zone 6b
and should not;
- Visually block the sculptural planter.
- Rely on flowers – foliage is more important
My color scheme
- Sunset colors (oranges, reds, golds, with burgundy, purple and blue for accents).
- A little silver and white here and there also.
The bigger picture
The planter is a secondary focal point to the archway and cabin yet still holds a prominent place. The square motif plays off the cabin windows and a grey cube planter opposite (not shown)
Orange hair sedge (Carex testacea) – actually I can't get past this idea which is why I'd love you to help me see other possibilities!
I have also considered but dismissed:
Pheasant tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana); not reliably hardy
Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora): unlikely to cope with this much sun without irrigation
Goldfinger libertia (Libertia ixioides 'Goldfinger'); not hardy for me
Variegated yucca e.g. Color Guard; wouldn't like my soil (amended clay)
I can't think of any golden grasses that would cope with the sun, deer would eat succulents…… what am I missing?
Leave me a comment below – or email if you prefer! I'm excited to hear from you.