While most of my end-of-summer/early fall cleanup has involved clearing debris, pruning overgrown plants, and removing plants that are dead, dying or unappealing, filling waste bins in the process, I've also divided plants, harvested succulent pups, and taken cuttings. This post focuses on some of the latter activities.
I've identified some plants that probably need to go, as well as a couple that might benefit from being moved.
|The 2 plants that may qualify for a move to boost their bloom potential are Dais cotinifolia (aka pom-pom tree, left) and Protea nerifolia 'Pink Ice' (right). Neither has ever flowered and I think both want more sun.|
Of course, while I'm cutting back and removing plants, I haven't been able to stop myself from adding new ones at the same time.
|Gerhard of Succulents and More introduced readers to Steve Super Gardens in a recent post and I ended up ordered 2 Aeoniums, 'Dark Star' (bottom left) and 'Octo Ink' (bottom right), as well as a Pelargonium gibbosum (not shown). In addition, they sent me an intriguing Aeonium hierrense (bottom middle).|
|Aeonium hierrense (aka tree houseleek) reportedly gets up to 3 feet tall. I'm considering the 2 areas shown above for its placement. I couldn't find a photo of a mature specimen on Steve Super Garden's site but you can see it here.|
Instead of culling out, cutting back, giving away, or moving plants, some deserve notice just for being where they are.
|Hippeastrum 'Luna' surprised me with an out-of-season bloom|
|Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' has maintained a steady mass of flowers all summer with just occasional deadheading|
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