It was getting to be a real jungle back there.
After a weekend of back breaking work with the pick axe, chainsaw, and fighting the noxious root system of an abundance of periwinkle, it finally looks a little more civilized.
So different, I actually can't believe how much space I have to work with now! By Monday morning I was getting a little crazy-eyed and wanted to immediately start digging and moving the existing fern, japanese maple, hostas, peony, and carex grasses. Then the all-knowing horticultural guru (a.k.a. MOM) stopped by and put a halt to those plans. She reminded me that it is still 25 degrees out and far too hot and dry to start moving anything at this point.
In other words, my trip to the nursery on the weekend was somewhat of a waste of time and money because hardly anything is going to survive being planted right now without some serious TLC.
Anyways, I put my researching cap on and made a list (can you believe it?!) of ideal splitting and transplanting times for all the plants I'll be taking from the guru's garden as well as splittings from some of my own collection.
- Acer Palmatum
- not recommended to ever move them, but if it must be done wait until the leaves have fallen and carefully dig the largest root ball possible
- new plants should be put in the ground in late fall
- Kaffir Lily
- Plants can be split and planted in late winter before the new growth begins
- Should be transplanted in late fall when in its dormant stage
- Plants can be split and planted in late September
- Sword Fern
- Ferns don't like to be moved, but late September or October would be the ideal time
- Can be split and planted in late September
- Can be split and planted in late fall
- Hostas are hardy fellas and can be split and moved year round, although late fall or early spring would probably be best
- Calla Lily
- Should be split and planted in late fall when foliage has died back
- Tubers should be planted in Spring, and many gardeners use their lilac trees as an indicator; when lilacs are in bloom, plant your tubers!
- Ornamental Grasses
- Most of these can be split and transplanted year round, although fall and spring are best if possible
- Can be split and planted in fall
Sooo while much of this garden can be planted in the next month or two, a lot will still have to wait until the springtime. Which makes it a bit more difficult to plan spacing and placement. I thought I could lay everything out all together before breaking ground, but instead I'll have to use rocks or wood or something to mark out where I want things to go.