I am pleased with the Northwind Panicum along the south side in the front. They are in a very narrow strip but so far so good.
Panicum can be left up during the winter to turn a soft tan color, not prone to flopping. However, I do band it along the bottom to keep it from encroaching on the pathway. It can also be ringed in the spring for a virtually invisible support,
This is what keeps a gardener going that constant reaching for the carrot knowing that it will never be attainable but it is sure fun and stimulating to try. I hope all beginning gardeners will realize that the veterans are still trying to do better each year.
More perennials and shrubbery looking north with the new Ninebarks along the perimeter.
I get dismayed with the weather each year and in the past few years the deluge of insects and diseases I had never heard of before
Pink Promise is an award winning Hybrid Tea Rose but it has been most affected by the diseases for the past few years. It has done much better this year even though it has been affected by the midge disease and the Japanese Beetles.
Pink Meidiland has been blooming continuously all summer, lightly affected by the midges and Japanese Beetles.
Brunnera Jack Frost
Looks great in the border all summer
The new introductions entice us each year as we are always eager to improve on what we have or desire to have, this also is not always an attainable goal.