Here are a few of those "items" that I'm obsessing over today:
I love the foliage color on the Carex 'Cappuccino' (many will disagree). This grass fits the required criteria of handling the wet clay soil, being deer resistant and providing multi seasonal interest. The struggle is with what to pair it with:
Right now, if I could only choose one plant to use in the landscape, it would be any cultivar of Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass). The rapid foliage growth on this cool season grass is tremendous, as is it's shape, as is it's "early for a grass" bloom time of July. I am now hunting obsessively for every possible variety that exists (the photo below is 'El Dorado'). Can I have too many of these? Do I like them in mass plantings? Or just as a specimen?:
Spirea 'Goldmound' looks great as the foliage emerges early in the spring. The chartreuse/yellow color is a great color contrast against plants with red/purple/green foliage. The problem is that I actually do not like the pink blooms and I find that the foliage color fades to an OK yellow later in the season. I can't just chuck it in the compost pile so I need to locate them to a better location. Give them more shade and sheer the flowers off immediately? Hmm ...
Only three garden dilemmas for today. I've spared you a bit.
I did, however want to leave you with a photo I think is rad as hell. It really proves the point to take as many photos as possible, from all angles, with all different light exposures and then review them all when you're done. You never know what you will end up with:
Have a great weekend!