Continuing our theme of gardening on property not our own, it can be a city-owned patch along the street (as discussed here and here), or it could be a spot in a neighbor’s yard. Thus, there seems to be no safe empty spot of land in my new neighborhood, as I prowl for new places to grow my favorite plants. Like the ‘Shasta’ Doublefile Viburnum shown above in my former back yard.
Here in my new townhouse yard, there’s nowhere near enough room for one of them – though that didn’t stop me from buying one, thinking I could prune it into submission. Hah! The wrongness of that assumption because clear soon enough, but lucky for me, the neighbor at the end of my 4-unit row of townhouses had a huge, empty yard that needed filling. And as a new, nongardening homeowner who’s hard at work just improving the lawn and fixing the grade, he’s loving what he’s seeing so far from this gorgeous spring bloomer, a slow but reliable grower in these parts. It’s positioned in such a prominent spot that several homes will have a great view of it when it grows a bit more.
In addition to the dozens of passalong perennials that I’ve gathered here from various overgrown gardens, there’s one more shrub I’ve contributed from my new garden – a ‘Wine and Roses’ Weigela, this time not because it’ll become too big but because it doesn’t fit with the palette of colors I’ve chosen for my back yard. See, I’m sticking to a limited palette of purple, chartreuse and green at the instruction of the hot young landscape architect Thomas Rainer, and this dark pink shrub had to go.
Hey, I say as long as I can see them regularly, I don’t care where plants are growing.
Anybody else growing favorite plants in somebody else’s yard?