Plants grow differently in a proper garden. Things change when they are accorded their own space free of competition.
Even my mock up of the wild cultivated gardens at the Posh Estate is rather proper by comparison. Still, that is not enough of an excuse for the Mertensia virginica's refusal to perform in my garden. Why don't mine look like this?
Mine just linger and cling to existence. Is it sunshine, elevation, the soil? Why, why, why can't I have pretty Bluebells?