The star planting is Verbena bonariensis. In bloom since May, it has been discovered that frequent trimming will keep the height in check and the flowers flowing. Pollinators of all sorts adore these little purple tubes.
The story about that can be read by clicking here.
But the addition of red is the way to go. Crimson clover seed was scattered in late winter, germinating in late May. More seed was purchased at the Co-op for an earlier sowing in late fall, hoping to see the red dots when the spring bulbs are in bloom.
There are now more flowers during the entire growing season, with more variety. Above are the LA hybrid Lilium ‘Royal Sunset’, gorgeous in bloom in late May and adding strong, dark green vertical elements afterwards. When the stalks turn brown, they are cut down.
Finding what will grow in the midst of a former lawn has been a learning process.
Click here to see the beginning of this project with updates. The image above shows the lawn in April of 2008, before the thought of it becoming a meadow had entered our consciousness.
The whole thing is mowed down for a neat appearance after several frosts have turned it to a collapsed pile of straw.
Truth be told, come September, the lawn is little more than a backdrop for the pink veil of loveliness, Muhlenbergia capillaris growing along the driveway, anyway.