My wonderful box of Annie’s Annuals arrived. I can’t wait to spend the weekend planting. unfortunately, I will be weeding a lot too. It’s a jungle of weeds right now!
Here’s what I will be planting:
–Clarkia concinna “Pink ribbons” — this was an annual. I know it will die fast. This was pure indulgence. I was looking back at my blog from two years ago and I saw the Clarkias I planted. They were so pretty that I had to order them again.
–Alstroemeria ligtu — I have big hopes for this. Let’s see if it thrives on the hill.
–Cynoglossum amabile “Blue Showers Tall Chinese Forget-me-Not”: with a name like that, they have to grow! I think this is an annual too but is should re-seed (I keep telling myself. The Clarkias were supposed to reseed but never did.).
–Mimulus Pamela: This should do really well in the clay soil, shade and dry conditions. It is a pretty yellow.
–Heuchera maxima: Channel Island Coral Bells–this is supposed to be a BIG coral bell plant. I am disgusted with all the coral bells I have planted that seem to get smaller and smaller every year instead of spreading. Plus, Channel Islands native should grow here, right?
Let’s see what lives. I know that doesn’t sound very hopeful, but I am becoming more of a realist every day (except for the Clarkias) 🙂
Sounds like you need CA natives for that soil (mine is same). I planted CA native Heuchera “Wendy” Alum root and love it. If you can get it in the right spot, too shady and it will get mold, it will bloom for literally two months. Awesome! If you are looking for a good CA native, I’d go with this one. If you want something that spreads, plant Sandago Californica Goldenrod. They both propagate by rhizome (don’t I sound knowledgeable after gardening for only two years, haha?), but the Goldenrod is really taking off. Can’t wait till it blooms again. Good luck!
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Thanks so much, Kaye. I thought I subscribed a long time ago, but I guess not. I’m happy to. You have such a beautiful garden and blog.
Is Goldenrod for shade? Part of my problem is that the dry, clay hill is also in shade.