Nothing gets my brain firing on all cylinders more than planning out a new garden bed or tweaking an existing one. Out comes the paper and pen, and the imagination (not to mention the credit card) runs wild. This is especially true this time of year when there is little more to do then plan.
But every once in a while, I find ... brace yourself ... that maybe things are OK as is. Yes that is blasphemy to a gardener but it CAN happen. It may not last for long but as of right now, I think I am good to go with one of my garden beds.
The bed in question is what I call the "playroom garden" because it sits right under the windows of the kids playroom. My daughter spends most of her time in this room and she will let me know how much she loves looking out the window to see all of the flowers. So as I sit here and analyze this particular garden bed for the need for more winter/early spring interest, I think maybe it doesn't matter. Let's keep it as the perennial bed that it is and enjoy the explosion of late spring/summer blooms. To try and balance it with too many conifers/evergreens takes away from it's great summer vibe.
Sorry, enough writing and analysis, here are the photos:
As of today:
Late winter/early spring:
From another angle, current day:
Again, in mid-summer:
Just outside the range of the photos above are a few peonies ('Bowl of Beauty') and a bunch of Campanula (Bellflower) 'Joan Elliot'. They provide the first blooms in this bed in early May and then the rest of the perennials take over:
One last final angle, today:
And again, early summer: