First, here's the link to Part I so you can pick up where I left off. I believe I was finishing up on how the new pollinator bed turned out. I said that it was nice and I still stand by that word, I'll even add pretty to the description and the best part, it will be very low water care once established. The exception is the magnolia shrub in the middle, which is on it's own drip line. Even today, November 16th, the plants look great, they are standing tall and the seed heads add interest and snack opportunities. The birds sneak in, peck away at the seeds while kicking out a mulch trail on the nearby concrete patio. I scold them a bit for making a mess, but just sweep it back each morning knowing they'll be back for more.
As with any new planting or plantings, it will take a few seasons for plants to take hold and establish their dependable good looks. It's true...new plants generally creep-crawl-leap in their early lives.
Here's the official "ta dah" final planting for the new pollinator bed dated 8-23 (planted in June). Most of the plants are from the Plant Select® program. If you're not familiar with Plant Select®, take some time to view their website and plant stories. I wrote a blog about PS back in 2015, still relevant - Plant Choices - Plant Select® Plant Smarter.
I left some space for some of the larger plants to have room to grow, so please don't mind the gaps!
Here's the plant list, along with links from the common name to read more information. The first nine are from Plant Select® (more will be added next spring).
Heterotheca jonesii x villosa 'Goldhill' Common name - Goldhill golden-aster
Osteospermum 'Avalanche' Common name - Avalanche white sun daisy
Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum Common name - PURPLE MOUNTAIN® sun daisy
Penstemon x mexicali Common name - RED ROCKS® penstemon
Salvia reptans Common name - Autumn Sapphire™ sage
Agastache 'Pstessene' Common name - CORONADO® Red hyssop
Engelmannia peristenia Common name - Engelmann's daisy
Salvia pachyphylla Common name - Mojave Sage
Veronica liwanensis Common name - Turkish veronica
SALVIA lyrata 'Purple Volcano' Common name - Purple volcano sage
Agastache 'Bolero' Common name - Hyssop
Liatris spicata 'Kobold' Common name - Gayfeather
Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ Common name - Sage
Lavandula x intermedia 'Niko' Common name - Phenomenal Lavender
Magnolia 'Ann' Common name - Magnolia
Additional photos from late summer through mid-Novembe:
|Coronado® Red hyssop|
|RED ROCKS® penstemon|
|Avalanche white sun daisy|
|NEW Pollinator Bed 11-15-2016|
Please check back soon for Part III and the new herb bed outcome.