Here it is in April, after the new plants were installed. Looking pretty sparse...
Lobelia tupa is somewhat discernible in the center of the photo next to the soaker hose , and the trellis is the new home for Passiflora loefgrenii caerulea.
And taken last week, the Passiflora has made a statement..I'm keeping an eye on it. Lobelia tupa has achieved knee-high status. A couple moves still to be made here over fall and winter; Sanquisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'(out of the photo) is too close to the Weigela and was shaded in summer. It will go where the Penstemon 'Raven' lives on the lower right, and the Penstemon will be moved to the left.
This infrastructure issue is unfortunately calling the shots in the bed have always referred to as the Rose Garden. The roses are mostly gone, but the design needs to be punched up.
I just don't see anything dynamic here. I've been staring at this all summer with dissatisfaction and a dry rot timber does nothing to improve the view. As a result I drew up a plan which I hope to execute over the next few months.
The 'Goodwin Creek' Lavender mid left is the only relief from a palette of plain mid green. The Yucca 'Color Guard' in the container was too small this season to make a statement.
Calamagrostis 'Overdam' did not bloom this year. Mystifying. Non-bloom added to the overall blah effect. There are two Overdams here, they will both be dug up this fall and replaced with Panicum 'Heavy Metal'.
On the lower left is Overdam #2. Salvia 'Wendys Wish' is a bright spot. At the base of the fountain is one of two fancy-schmancy tetraploid Daylilies that need to be sited elsewhere.