Hi all! I’m back in the garden moving plants around. Some areas of the garden get more water from the sprinkler system than others. And some areas get more sunlight than others. Some perennials grow so large they crowd out others. As I’ve watched my garden grow over the past couple of seasons, it’s time to make adjustments. You can move perennials anytime during the growing season. Just make sure you water them for the first 7 days. The roots need time to learn how to get moisture from the soil.
The butterfly milkweed below thrives so well, that after it has gone to pod in July, I cut it back and it re-blooms. So he is going to stay put.
But this poor little fellow barely survived in another area of the garden. Time to move him.
He was trying so hard to find enough water that his roots grew way out. Unfortunately while trying to dig him up I broke a couple of roots. He won’t appreciate it, and will likely go into shock. But they’re pretty tough, so he should survive.
He came from this area of the garden. Even though I adjusted the sprinkler, it just doesn’t get enough water. The small yarrow I placed there last spring looks good, but I’d rather put him in another place to prevent soil erosion. Yarrow spreads like a (weed) ground cover.
The yarrow will spread all around and not only stop the erosion, but soften the look of the hard edges of the blocks.
Now back to the area that is dry and gets sun all day. If your soil is real dry, fill it with water and let it soak in before you put your perennial in. Since mine is reasonably moist, I didn’t bother filling it with water. What should I plant there, you ask.
My lavender plant! She’s in another area of my yard that only gets morning light and way too much water. Look how her branches are reaching out for the sun.
She’ll love her new home. Sunny and dryer. Next spring when they are selling lavender again, I’ll buy one to put on the other side of the steps for symmetry.
7 days of watering is all that’s left to do. Next year will tell me if I’ve made wise choices in the plants’ placements.