Random lilies are popping up all around. Were they planted or did they self sow? Much of what grows here is a mystery as to source. The shrubs are a bit easier to recall. A few form suckering clumps and there can be a few random seedlings. These are easy to place to a source.
Some sources of shrubs can be far from the mountain. Client #1 has been on a thinning binge in her garden. She likes the just planted look and does not like plants that touch or merge. Even different forms of Hosta must show a separation between plants.
So I was in there thinning and discovered that the Aesculus parviflora, Bottlebrush Buckeye, had tons of rooted branches that had been covered in mulch over the years. They needed to come out. It was in full bloom and looking fabulous. I'm sure I could find a nice home for some of the rooted stem cuttings.
This native Buckeye is a fairly large multi-stemmed shrub with palmately compound leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall. The mid-summer bloom is very showy.
So I planted six of them. Four went along my lower property line as the beginning of a property and garden definition screening. Three of those are in the shade and one in full sun. Another went smack dab in front of the cozy cabin in the middle of the future planting bed. If it is happy there it could fill 80% of this bed in time. You can see it just to the right and behind the rock.
I wanted some height and substance there to help connect the cabin to the ground. Some choice small conifers in the foreground for winter interest and a few select perennials will help fill out the bed.
Many things in the garden are ephemeral and could be used as filler while the permanent shrubs grow and claim space. Like this pole bean who is being stingy with setting beans. Next year I may forgo the pretty flowers and aim for a large yield.
The wildflowers have no trouble filling space temporarily and I get better and better at distinguishing who is who at younger stages.
Occasionally even a bulb has been known to fall out of the ground when planting something new. Sometimes you can tell what a simple naked bulb is by its shape and color.
There can be advantages to being a peasant gardener.