Circle Garden

This post, “Circle Garden” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

A few years back, when we had more trees and less sun, I decided to make a new garden in one of the few sunny spots around.  So, in the early fall, I made a circle bed about ten feet across and filled it with all the plants that were doing poorly because of all the shade.  I put in daylilies, Louisiana Irises, Madonna lilies, a camellia, and a rose bush.  I was hoping that they would do better in new soil and sun, and I was not disappointed.  They all immediately began to grow and thrive.  I finally had some flowers besides impatients.

To make this bed, I dug up the grass, put in some amendments, layered garden soil on top of that and then worked it all in.  This was hard work because of the clay soil we naturally have. 

Then in the early winter, I added some daffodil bulbs, which did well.   The following spring I put in some dahlias.  Most of the plants were yellow, so I decided to make this garden mostly yellow.  Since then I have added a yellow native azalea, and more yellow daylilies like Custard Candy, Stella d’Oro and a yellow La. Iris.

I also have some other colors beside yellow to prevent monotony.  I plant some summer annuals that are white or a light pink, and there is also Plum Tree Daylily and Coral Nymph salvia.  In the winter, I always put in some sort of yellow annual – pansies or snapdragons.

 After about two years, I decided to add to outer half circles to the area.  I placed them about two and a half feet from the circle.  They are about two feet wide.  In the front half circle, I planted Stella d’oro and Happy Returns daylilies, some small amaryllis, sea holly, and Mexican Bush Sage.  The back circle was just finished when a friend dropped off about 18 large amaryllis bulbs.  They were red, but I had no other place to put them so into this bed they went.  Because very little is blooming when the amaryllis do, there is no clash of colors, and so this is where they have stayed.  About a week after the amaryllis were dropped off, my husband came home from a fishing trip, and his buddy had given him some La. Irises.   These too needed to be planted right away, so into the bed they went.  They are a soft violet and even though other flowers bloom when they do, there is no clash of colors here either.  Everything seems to blend nicely. 


Here is a picture of half the circle garden I took recently.  The pansies are giving some color, and the daffodils seem ready to open.  I’m thinking about adding another set of half rings this fall.  If I do, I know I will have to redo the entire garden to place the shorter plants to the outside.  We’ll see how ambitious I am when September rolls around.



  1. Randy said,

    February 22, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Our loss is minimal compared to what you went thru with Katrina. Thank you for taking the time so send us words of encouragement. We need that right now, I almost feel selfish grieving over our garden when so many have lost so much. We just really put our heart into it this past year and were really looking forward to seeing fruition this spring and summer. Thank you again and please don’t be a stranger to our site we look forward to hearing from you. -Randy

    Randy, I know it is so disappointing when you put so much work into something and then it is damaged or destroyed. I hope you can just look at this as an opportunity to do something different. I know that’s how I got through reworking my garden. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

  2. Nancy Bond said,

    February 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

    How beautiful! I love the idea of a circle bed…circles provide a view from every angle, as well. You’ll have to share more pictures as the season unfolds. 🙂

    The garden is a little bleak right now, but I will take more pictures as it starts to really wake up.

  3. Melanie said,

    February 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Your circle beds are a great idea, good luck with them. I hope you don’t mind one comment, I grow quite a few daylilies but while Stella d’oro and Happy Returns grow well in New York, I don’t think they grow well in Louisiana because your winters are too short.

    There are so many pretty daylily display gardens in your state. You can go to to get a list of gardens in your area. See what grows well for them and you can find some daylilies that will thrive in your garden.


    Stella d’Oro & Happy Returns do well for us down here. There are some dormant types that are not supposed to do well in the Deep South, but except for those two & Plum Tree, all the others I grow are the evergreen ones. I will check out the website you suggested. Thanks.

  4. ppenick said,

    February 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I love yellow, and I’ll look forward to pics of your circle garden in full bloom. I imagine that your Louisiana irises would set off those yellows beautifully.

    I just painted a bench yellow to go with the stripes on a variegated agave and the flowers on a Jerusalem sage. Maybe a blue bench would be just the thing for your yellow garden?

    It’s funny you would recommend blue as an accent color. I have several blue pots on my porch which I was considering moving near the circle garden, but maybe a blue bench would be just the thing needed to set off the yellow. Thanks for the idea.

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