|The west side of the house is the first part you see when you drive in.|
|The second year after planting this area was looking pretty good (minus the creeping Charlie problem in the lawn).|
But the Hakonechloa happily took off and the Heuchera, which is not long lived in my garden to begin with, suffered. It’s still there, it’s just much shorter than the Hakonechloa, so you can’t even see it. I divided all that Hakonechloa three years ago to make the new garden by the garage and I’ll be able to divide it again for the new circle garden this year. Despite being considered a shade plant, it thrives in that spot with just a big of fading late in the summer. It’s an all-star in my garden, seemingly accommodating a variety of light conditions.
|But several years later it’s less of a success.|
Clearly this spot is in need of a bit of a redo. The good news is that because of the large spruce we cut down on the south side of the driveway there will be more light on this side of the house. Also, it’s really more of a west southwest exposure, so there is light there by late morning. You can get a feel for the layout of the garden—this space is labeled as the “West side garden”—in the slightly outdated “artist’s rendering” of the garden that I did a few years ago, below.