Pulsatilla patens – Eastern Pasque Flower self-seeds in front garden and babies are starting to pop up!
Yesterday’s post told you all about…
plants that can carpet a garden to create a mead. If you recall, a mead is an alternative way to have a lawn today that was popular in Medieval times. It basically is a low-growing meadow filled with flowers that substitutes for a traditional lawn. No turf lawns in Medieval times, just many flowers and grasses crammed closely in the garden.
Keeping my garden full, it almost takes little care. With no bare ground, the weeds are lessened. Little staking is required because plants are held up by neighbors. The only concern is perennials will need to be moved or removed, divided, or hacked back, so work in a tightly packed perennial garden is inevitable. If you want a mead, it will likely have more spreading plants.
I talk a lot about how I don’t think of urban home gardens as having natural meadows, but they certainly could have a mead. A mead is for more intimate areas. Since a mead has tightly placed flowers, many on the list from yesterday’s post are spreading varieties. My post, Think Before You Meadow also had a list of plants in my garden.
Tulipa batalinii in back garden
My garden changes quite drastically though the growing season and as a designer, this is good design to have garden interest, or seasonal interest in all four seasons.
Hyacinths and Pasque Flower
Unfortunately, I don’t photograph my garden enough during the year and I especially neglect doing so early season. So what do I have early in the season to carpet the garden? I plant a lot of bulbs and corms. Come summer, the garden bursts in lily bulb blooms, but now it is spring bulbs.
Siberica scilla is very aggressive and not in my garden. I might suggest not using this bulb. It might carpet the entire garden.
Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups in back garden
Quite a few annuals will self-seed for the next year, like these early pansies and Johnny Jump Ups. The Sweet Alyssum shows up later in the spring. I use many bulbs from the list plus taller growing ones as well for spring bloom.
The garden on April 26, 2015, below. Some of the ground cover plants are showing, but not all yet. The myosotis is still quite small. It is planted throughout. New pansies mix with the ones from seed.
A few weeks later you have the views below after the bulb leaves get grown over by other perennials. The Pulmonaria or lungwort, like the tulips, pansies, muscari, pasque flower, and anemone in the post are blooming now. The myosotis and phlox are not yet blooming but the Iberis has begun to bloom.
In the first image of the gallery in late May 2014, you can see the garden gets where no soil shows. Notice too how the garden becomes mostly pink, purple and blue. Into summer, the scene gets far more colorful.
And we have a few new garden friends besides the early bees.
This Banded Wooly Bear will become the Isabella Tiger Moth.