Today we’re in Springfield, Ohio, visiting with Bryan Bailey.
I bought a new house five years ago, and all the garden beds were covered in 20-year-old ivy (Hedera helix, Zones 4–9). I had never gardened before, so I took to the library, YouTube, and garden center employees to make it happen. Over the past four summers I have planted a different bed and I am working around the house. I was scared to start because I worried that I would put plants in the wrong place. Someone told me that you can move any plant at any time, which set me free to be as creative as I needed to be. I have moved a lot of plants since then.
Here is how things are in 2023 with ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 4–8), ‘Glamour Girl’ phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Glamour Girl’, Zones 4–8), ‘Zagreb’ coreopsis (Coreopsis verticilata ‘Zagreb’, Zones 3–9), blazing star (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–8), dwarf Russian sage (Salvia yangii, Zones 5–9), and Kihori Dianthus (Zones 4–8).
‘Lucifer’ crocosmia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Zones 5–9), ‘Blue Bedder’ sage (Salvia ‘Blue Bedder’, Zones 8–10 or as an annual), ‘Stella d’Oro’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Zones 2–11), purple fountain grass (Pennisetum, Zones 8–10 or as an annual), with ‘Becky’ Shasta daisy in the background
Magic Fountain Mix cleome (Cleome hassleriana, Zones 10–12 or as an annual), ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora, Zones 4–9), ‘Grape Gumball’ bee balm (Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’, Zones 4–9), newly planted ‘Spilled Wine’ weigela (Weigela florida ‘Spilled Wine’, Zones 4–8)
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