Sometimes I think it's amazing I get anything done. This summer, the north patio project was interrupted by the completion of the back porch, which then made me want to finish painting the window frames on the back of the house, which was interrupted last week-end by the need to plant some new plants (and move others around to make room) thanks to GreenGate Garden Centre's annual wine and cheese event for Horticultural Society members last Saturday (I really shouldn't drink and shop...)
And now I'm out of town for a few days - hence the time to post (otherwise I'd be out gardening or painting right now...)
Anyway, here are two of the plants I ended up with! I've always wanted to try persicaria (common name: Mountain Fleeceflower), and as soon as I saw the colour of this particular new variety Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Orange Field' I knew I had to have it in near the chimney in the front Entry Garden. Most varieties of fleeceflower are quite drought tolerant and require at least part sun - this area gets a couple hours of early morning sun and then a couple at midday, so I'm not sure it's quite enough but we'll see how it does.
The vine behind it is Celastrus scandens 'Bailumn' (Autumn Revolution Bittersweet), which is a very tall, hardy vine typically grown for its colourful fall foliage and berries. Bittersweet does do just fine in part sun and this variety does not require cross pollination to produce berries so I only needed one, which was a bonus. I particularly wanted something tall here which I can hopefully train to grow over the front door once the vine gets tall enough. I had to move some clematis out of the way first, which don't get as tall, and which now have a home on the new trellis in the north patio.
That big white flower is an Annabelle hydrangea by the way, which does perfectly well in its sheltered, east-facing location next to my house, although I have heard of some people having trouble with it in Calgary.