Waiting patiently in the wings on the north side of the house is Cornus kousa, a dogwood that can put up with more abuse than our native Cornus florida, which is prone to disease. According to an Ohio State University publication, this Japanese species is disease resistant and tolerant of alkaline soils.
Eremurus stenophyllus, or foxtail lily, is very easy to grow but can become overcrowded quickly in soil that is too fertile. At least that's what I've surmised from my experience with these tall stunners. The plants in the photo have just begun to show a bit of color and will reach their peak in a week or so depending on the weather. This grouping began with just two plants and it's tripled in three years. I'd planted a white variety in the same raised bed as some peonies, and they declined each year until they finally had no blooms at all. I'd wanted them to flower with the peonies, but they've consistently bloomed after the peonies. No problem, though. These babies are taller than most anything else in the garden, so I'm thinking of planting a backdrop of clematis on the fence.
|The showy Clematis is 'Carnaby'; the white flowers belong |
toClematis recta 'Purpurea'.