“Finally Some Maturity”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Finally, certain areas of the garden are starting to look like I envisioned they would when I started planting years ago. Shrubs are getting to be a good size and herbaceous perennials are now filling out. It seemed that for a long time the flower beds looked skimpy and spare. When it looks like that, it is hard not to over plant to make up for the small size of the plants. I used to fill in with annuals, but now, I find, I don’t have to do that.
Here is one area of the garden that is looking so much better this year. The lorepetlums, azaleas, and roses finally have some size to them. The agapanthus plants are huge, and the hydrangeas have grown to be substantial. Daylilies, Mexican Bush Sage, and amaryllis are also now big enough to stand out. Of course, certain plants will die back during the winter and return in the spring, but now there are enough that even in the winter there will be some interest. Not like before when there seemed to be nothing come January.
Now that there is some height to this border, it makes a nice division from the neighbors next door. The vitex tree, crybaby tree, cassia, and Japanese maple add the height, and the other shrubs add the screening.
Of course, some areas of the garden are looking better than others. The areas that were planted first are looking the best, and this helps me be patient with those sections that are newer and not so lush.
It would seem that in the spring, with all the blooming shrubs and spring flowers, that the garden would look its best. In early summer with daylilies, hydrangeas, and lilies in bloom, it also could be said to look its best. I will admit that it does look good at those times, but now, that the plantings are starting to mature, I find that the height of summer is when it really does look its best. There may not be as many flowers around, but there is a lot of lush growth, texture, and subtle color that makes the garden outstanding for me. This is how I envisioned my garden would look when I started planting years ago.