Hello, my wife and I recently bought a townhouse. She put me in charge of the flowerbeds and I've been enjoying the challenge of being a first-time gardener.
The flowerbed in question is zone 5a, facing northwest. Dimensions 3x8 feet. Shade for most of the day and a few hours of sun from mid-afternoon until sunset. The flowerbed is subject to strong northeast winds, due to a lack of trees. We planted a new tree in the front lawn but growth will take time. Another constraint, we cannot block too much of the sidewalk.
Originally, the front flowerbed was completely overgrown with goutweed. After months of digging and dedication, I think it is finally all gone.
This spring I panted a hodge-podge of different plants.
Back row left to right:
Hydrangea: Transplanted from my mom's garden. Grew well, but produced almost no flowers..
Queen of the prairie: Grew well, but wind would crack of those tall flower stems
Astibe: No complaints here
Rhododendron: In front of the Astilbe. Had red flowers in May. Leaves look healthy. Fighting for space.
Hick's Yew: It's supposed to be an evergreen bush but it is growing tall thin stalks. Not sure if I should keep it.
Black Snakeroot: Not performing well, leaves are turning brown.
Windercreeper (emerald gaity): Only original plant not choked out by the goutweed. Gave it a trellis to support.
Hydrangea: Same as the other one, but smaller. No flowers.
Bleeding hearts: Transplanted. Very few flowers
Front row left to right:
Green & white hosta: Had lots of space when I planted it but it looks crowded out now.
Dusty Miller: They seem to like this plot, they grew big. almost too big.
Marigolds: Not pictured, slugs ate them to the ground!
Carnations: Over time they got completely crowded out by dusty miller
Green hosta: Ugly.. almost destroyed by slugs
Begonias: Performed well with no issues, would plant again next year.
Blue and green hosta: Doing well, very few holes from slugs.
So my question is, what would you change in the flower bed next spring? Which perennials would you replace? Which annuals would you plant? I am hoping for more color next year.