Perennial Progression

Here is another in the series of garden bed transformations at the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.

When we read about the need for volunteer gardeners in the Homeward Bound Newsletter last Fall, a group of us showed up to see and select “beds” that we would assume responsibility for. It was a little hard to find the beds! This is how the Perennial Garden began.

Soon to be garden
The (very loose) vision. We wanted a palette of intense color, breaking every garden design rule.

Garden Watercolor
Work gets underway.




Tulips surprise us in early March, poking up through the bark that keeps the weeds at bay.


Planting day finally arrives in early April after rain delays. The plants looked pretty puny in nearly 400 square feet of space.


Two weeks later.


In May, the plants are loving the moisture-retaining clay soil. Deb installs branches for Dahlia stakes in anticipation.


Things are filling in. Watch how the flooded rice field in the background changes over time.


Early June; not looking so puny anymore!


Mid June. Still waiting on the Dahlias, but the Coneflowers are magnificent. Look how the rice field has turned a brilliant green.


And July.The Dahlias have arrived, joined by Delphinium, Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Cosmos and a few Zinnias that snuck in.



On the other side you can see the Yarrow, Dianthus, Lavender, and Salvia.

And on the corners, Verbena and Gaillardia. OK…so maybe we went a little crazy this year.


All in all, not too bad for a first year effort. Just imagine what next year will bring!

8 comments

  1. Maria

    Thank you for showing the progression of your garden bed. I remember I was in awe when I first saw your planting. You spurred a lot of us to get going with our beds.

    • Thank you! We’re so excited to see it come to fruition. Apparently, it was in fits and starts for several years. Sometimes it truly does take a village 🙂

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