Our New England summer has been sunny, scorching hot, and (when not dealing out the rare torrential downpour) bone dry. Seems that even when it rains, the sun is beaming down.
As a result, it's become painfully obvious which parts of the backyard are naturally better-watered and which are not. Around the hillside stream, the grass is green. But in the side yard, thanks to the combined excellent performance of our French drain and the deep thirst of a neighbor's weeping beech, we are experiencing dustbowl conditions.
The silver lining to these rainless clouds is garden expansion. Yes, come spring, a swath of turf along the daylily bed will be replaced with some drought-tolerant perennials and annuals.
I will have the entire winter to draw up plans, make lists, and browse plant catalogues. And I promise to learn how to correctly spell "xeriscape."
A number of current garden plants will be better sited in this dry patch: a neglected coreopsis "Moonbeam," a division of "Autumn Joy" sedem, and a straggly "Green Jewel" coneflower for starters.
Then, I'm thinking about sundrops, more daylilies, and some serious coneflowers. Grasses? Sages? And someone to help dig?