Take A Chance With Your Landscape

Last May I wrote about putting in a new landscape bed next to the back of my home. I selected some plants that I wasn’t familiar with so was eager to see what they looked like this year now that they’re more established. The middle plant is a Butterfly Bush which I had had at another home.

Landscape bed

Two of the shrubs were Ninebark Coppertina. They are living up to their hype, changing colors seemingly each month. They will be large shrubs, 8-10ft tall, if unpruned. Since they require more sun, I put the two plants at either end of the bed to get either morning or afternoon/evening sun. The one that gets the afternoon/evening sun is slightly larger than the one that mainly only gets morning sun.

The other plant I selected is Ligularia ‘Midnight Lady’. It likes shade and moist soil. It is said to be a good plant near a pond if shaded. I don’t have a pond but the hose faucet is nearby so I can keep it moist if needed. It is doing VERY WELL in this spot. So well that I think I misjudged it’s eventual size and will have to divide next year. It is sometimes referred to as elephant ears and the leaves definitely fit that description. (Compare the leaves to the birdbath bowl.) It’s supposed to produce tall daisy-like flowers midsummer to fall, but it didn’t do that last year. Hopefully it will this year.

Ligularia dentata 'Midnight Lady'

ligularia with flowers
Here is a photo from the Internet of what the Ligularia looks like with flowers. I hope mine eventually looks this spectacular. ⇒⇒⇒

I love trying “unique & unusual” plants. Over the years I’ve had successes AND I’ve had failures but it’s fun to experiment. Time will tell whether  this landscape bed will be a success or need to be redone.

Related story:
Follow-up to May 2015 planting

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