Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"

That thrilling line from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” is the most festive declaration ever and it is my credo for my long-awaited reward for revamping a neglected garden – the chance to plant anew.

Remember my darling Heuchera ‘Plum Royale’ that I bought before I had a garden, then froze it, then saved it? Well, it is safely tucked in the ground and has some new neighbours.

Yes, we laboured over selecting trees and shrubs for this bed – and there are more decisions yet to be made there. However, I have started planting one skinny, tapering end of the bed that I know will not be having any more major structural plant material additions.

So I put my little darling, the plant I promised a garden to, in a spot I can see out my kitchen window beside a selection that Hubby picked out. His plant choice was the Athyrium Otophorum (Eared Lady Fern). The tag says it is a “smaller, more compact fern with dramatic foliage…wine red fiddleheads…fronds unfurl to silvery blue-green, accented with maroon-purple stems.”

Sounds dramatic, hey? Well, it wasn’t really. When Hubby showed it to me at the nursery in the midday sun; quite frankly, it looked rather washed out and a tad sickly in colour.

What a difference the shade makes. Particularly the dappled evening light. It pops!

So we have a gorgeous plummy plant with shiny pewter highlights on the leaves and a glowing frond dancer.

Watching over them in the background is the lovely Astible x arendsii ‘Bridal Veil’.

I think my new little garden is starting to grow!

If, like me, you enjoy seeing a gorgeous example of just how beautiful an addition to your garden the Heuchera can be, check out the very talented Northern Shade's post here.


Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Your little is looking so nice! Isn't it great to see the progress. You've done such a wonderful job! Happy Friday to you! -Jackie

The Garden Ms. S said...

Thank you. It's a lot of fun putting the plants together.

And Happy Friday to you, Jackie :)

sweet bay said...

A lovely combination!

Northern Shade said...

Your Plum Royale has some lovely colour shadings. It's such a nice combination of silver highlights and purple underglow. It looks good with the ladyfern. Bridal Veil makes a great trio, with flowers and leaves. They should all add some silvery white sparkles in your new garden area.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Sweet Bay: Thank you! I am a little colour-shy, preferring white and muted complex pastels so I was thrilled to see that this combo worked for me.

Northern Shade: I was thinking I might add some Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ to this little corner to add to the silvery glow. If it's too much, I can easily move it.

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