A couple of months ago, my brilliant neighbor over at Skippy's Vegetable Garden posted an on-going list of garden ideas for next year. I figured that I could do with one, too.
Just as with those strategic planning exercises at work, I'm trying to think about SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-sensitive) goals. I'll keep this list as a "Thinking ahead!" link on my sidebar and add new tasks--whoops, goals!--as inspiration strikes.
To keep this list alive, I've changed the order so that future tasks and their times are at the top and those of relevance--and, hopefully, completed--earlier in the season are towards the end.
May or June
When it is 3 feet tall, cut the joe pye weed "Gateway" back to half its height to encourage dense growth.
Move the summersweet Clethra ainfolia along the property fence so that they are placed between, rather than directly in front of, the "Sky Needle" hollies.
After the forsythia blooms
√ Move Amsonia hubrichtii towards front of bed for more sun.
Expand the new side bed to join more fluidly with the raingarden.
√ Add two Astilbe x rosea "Peach Blossom" to existing one.
√ Add two Chasmanthium latifolium Northern sea oats to existing one.
Consider replacing flagging forsythia with red osier dogwood Cornus sericea "Allemans." If only local nurseries would carry a decent inventory of shrubs!
√ Replace mallow in raingarden with Aster novae-angliae "Purple Dome."
Organize the bearded irises, so that visually compatible cultivars are grouped together. Tag individual plants so that they can be moved later in the season.
√ Explore new combinations of annuals, such as Ageratum houstonianum "Blue Danube" and Salvia farinacea "Victoria Blue," as inspired by the gardens at the Inn at Shelburne Farms. Sedum and iris foliage would complement. Ageratum houstonianum "Hawaii Blue" and Salvia farinacea "Victoria Blue" are going in from 05/17/2009
√ Resist the temptation to position dark dahlias in front of yews. Plant the following varieties: Rose Toscano (2 plants), Normandy Painted Pearl (1 plant), Rae Ann's Peach (1 plant) . . . Old side bed: "Karras 150" (white) and "Park Princess" (pink); new side bed: "American Dawn" (peach/pink/purple) and "Park Princess" (pink); house back: "Karma Choc" (dark red), "Rae Ann's Peach" (red/peach), and "Rose Toscano" (peach), all planted 05/16/2009
√ Plant three more Thymus serpyllum Coccineus plants along top of wall to left of front stairs.
When the forsythia blooms
√ Continue to prune front foundation plantings, especially rhododendron and little-leaf hollies.
√ Prune clethra to remove deadwood and shape.
√ Re-seed damaged portions of front lawn.