1 We have been working hard in the farm's newest garden behind my Tenant House. Here is the latest batch of plants ready to be planted.
2 I wanted to underplant the grove of Stewartia trees with all sorts of shade-loving perennials, such as epimediums.
3 Epimediums are long-lived and easy to grow, and have such attractive and varying foliage.
4 I also chose more umbrella plants, and Polygonatum, also known as Solomon's Seal.
5 This garden is still being designed and developed, so for now, we wanted to give it a clean and tidy edge. Gardener's twine is used to mark the parameters of the bed.
6 Wilmer used a lawn edger to create a neat and tidy edge around the space.
7 Inside the bed, Ryan used "Tillie", an electric and battery operated tiller from Johnny's Selected Seeds, to cultivate the soil.
9 Ryan carefully placed the potted plants where they would be planted. This is always a good idea before digging the holes, so they can be positioned where they would look best.
10 When selecting locations for any plant, always consider growth pattern, space needs, and appearance.
11 Epimedium, also known as barrenwort, bishop's hat, and horny goat weed, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae.
12 Their growth habits vary. Some have solitary stems, others have a "tufted" habit, with multiple stems growing close together.
13 Leaflets usually have spiny margins. The leaves may be annual, making the plant deciduous, or longer lasting, so that the plant is evergreen.
14 The flowers are small, and sometimes hard to notice through the foliage, but they are often brightly colored and add a beautiful touch against the green ground cover.
15 Ryan creates a hole twice the size of the container. A plant's roots grow out more easily into loosened, enriched soil.
16 The plant is buried to the same depth it was in its pot. Never bury a plant deeper than its crown, or where the roots and the stems meet - buried crowns mean suffocated plants!
17 Next, Ryan plants a few shredded umbrella plants, Syneilesis palmata.
18 In early spring, the foliage of Syneilesis palmata emerges from the soil looking like shaggy mane mushrooms. Over time, it forms a sizeable patch of green umbrella-shaped leaves.
19 Its foliage reaches about 24-inches tall with unusual umbells of upward facing pink, and white flowers when in bloom. Mature foliage can be more than a foot across with deeply toothed, narrow leaves - it is really an interesting plant.
20 This variety has glossy medium leaves that are a bit less shredded in appearance than its cousin the Syneilesis aconitifolia.
21 Ryan moved from one section to another, quickly getting our new plants into the ground.
22 Planting a perennial bed can be fun when done properly. Before starting, be sure to measure the bed area, and know the amount of sunlight the area gets and how well the soil drains in the beds.
23 Ryan also planted Disporum flavum, or Korean Fairy Bells. These are wonderful for shade or woodland gardens. They form large, yellow bell flowers in spring and blue berries in summer.
24 Over time, these plants will spread to dense clumps of two foot tall ground cover of upright and occasionally arching leafed and flowered stems.
25 Solomon's Seal is a hardy perennial native to the eastern United States and southern Canada. These plants produce dangling white flowers, which turn to dark blue berries later in the summer.
26 Solomon's Seal is also shade-loving, and will thrive in this location.
27 Solomon's Seal is a very hardy plant. It prefers light soil and if given ample room, it will thrive and multiply very rapidly.
28 Right now these plants are spread apart and not too showy, but in a few seasons, they will cover the space and create a lush, green carpet of beautiful foliage.
29 The edging is done, and the garden is getting a good drink. It looks so beautiful - I look forward to watching it flourish.