Going shopping in my garden

February 26th, 2013 Posted in Crinum lilies, early spring flowers, garden projects

You bet, I like to buy new plants! Too bad my budget doesn’t tally with my long dream list. Even though I’m certainly doing my part to support local nurseries this spring, last weekend I also did some shopping in my garden. Our creek bank gifted us with native spiderworts before it got razed. Here’s a cheery one greeting Sunday morning as I gathered the tools and wandered my “aisles” for the best deals.

Purple spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea)

Actually, some shopping was to move plants that needed a little more “aisle” attention. I pumped up a squid agave’s (A. bracteosa) face appeal in a part shade corner of the island bed for a touch of different texture and form. To its left is a Mexican oregano I dramatically pruned to revive it. I’ve left room since a big comeback is on its mind.

Squid agave Agave bracteosa

I rescued an aster that was being swallowed up by vigorous ‘Helen von Stein’ lamb’s ears. I like to move asters a little earlier than this, but it’s okay to divide them now. With this drought and wind, though, we just have to water transplants frequently.

dividing asters

To get to it, I had to dig up a clump of lamb’s ears. I’d planned to divide some anyway to fill out the den path, so that simply moved up that task! Next weekend, I’ll divide some more for the new front bed.

dividing lamb's ears

My sweet dwarf Jerusalem sages (Phlomis lanata) were struggling in front since a shade tree grew up so much last year. In back, I needed a bit of silvery gray in the island bed spot that’s just too hot for lamb’s ears. Perfect fit!

dwarf jersusalem sage Phlomis lanata

Even though this bed is well-drained after years of compost, leaves, and mulch, I added a few inches of expanded shale to make sure.

expanded shale

In the back bed that I expanded last spring to get rid of dead grass, I moved a crinum out from a clump of daylilies to give it a forefront claim and breathing room.

Crinum bulb offsets

When I saw all the offsets on the big momma bulb, I filled in that blank spot with a couple to make a little “team crinum.”

Crinums moved in front of daylilies

Then, ah ha! I decided to add a couple to the new front bed. Do you ever have a garden day like that? You start with a handful of projects and come up with an armload.

I’d been thinking about adding some grasses to my new front bed. I got a good deal on gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) that were simply misplaced in the bed against the house.

Gulf muhly moved

In back, I’d also planted an almond verbena (Aloysia virgata) too close to the Mexican plum.

almond verbena Aloysia virgata

That’s on the list for this weekend, along with a few more moves. Later in March, I’ll mulch to pretty things up.

Thanks for stopping in! See you next week, Linda

  1. 8 Responses to “Going shopping in my garden”

  2. By Daphne on Feb 26, 2013

    Although my garden isn’t big enough yet to go shopping in, I do need to move a few more misfit plants before it gets too hot. Thanks for the inspiration!


    Linda reply on February 27th, 2013 6:01 pm:

    I just love your term “misfit plants!” I’m trying SO hard not to steal your line!


  3. By Jenny on Feb 26, 2013

    I like to go shopping in my own garden too but I am also thankful for some of that spiderwort from your garden, although it isn’t blooming yet. Maybe too much shade but I am looking forward to the blooms. Thanks Linda.


    Linda reply on February 27th, 2013 6:00 pm:

    Hi, Jenny! Oh, they love shade! Most of mine aren’t blooming yet; I just had a couple of early birds.


  4. By Desert Dweller/David C. on Mar 2, 2013

    Interesting topic – have done that the last 2-3 years with *all* my volunteers, where not rooted into bedrock. Though I lost some “free” grasses in drought, that I planned to move into my parkway! In fact, must go out today and do some more…


    Linda reply on March 2nd, 2013 4:09 pm:

    Hi, David, I just moved a deer muhly. Hope it makes it!


  5. By Tracie on Mar 2, 2013

    Thanks for the info about asters. I have some I was planning to divide soon, didn’t realize it might already be too late. I’ll be sure to give them extra water. I’m turning a portion of our lawn into a waterwise/xeriscape bed, and I plan to “shop my own own garden” too! Love that phrase! What about Oxblood Lillys? I have a lot of them, (lucky me). They bloomed in September, and I should have divided them then, but didn’t have the bed plan then. Do you think it would be OK now? Also a lot of paperwhites, (or narcissus) that finished blooming. Can they be divided and replanted now? Thanks very much for any advice or info!


    Linda reply on March 4th, 2013 5:09 pm:

    Hi, Tracie! Yes to all your questions! Now’s a great time to divide bulbs (if the foliage is brown) while we can see them. The oxbloods stay green a long time, but go ahead and divide those. Try and wait for the narcissus until the foliage browns.


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