Plant Loss and Re-plant

Two of the xeriscape plants we planted for the front walk border survived for two years. Just two. That is a sad loss. Probably not enough watering to keep them going in their second year when they were supposed to be established.

What survived? I believe a blue penstemon and a Rocky Mountain Blazing Star which was not even on our receipt and must have been a substitution.

Penstemon Blue Buckle
Penstemon Blue Buckle
Rocky Mtn Blazing Star
Rocky Mtn Blazing Star

This spring I am trying a different approach. I planted herbs in the border. These are all plants that rabbits are supposed to avoid.

Herb border
Herb border

Herbs Planted in Order from Daffodil

Sage Bergerten (2)

Thyme?

English Lavender

Rosemary (2)

Lavender

Purple Sage (2)

Blazing Star native perennial that lived

Lavender

Oregano

Mother of Thyme

Lavender

Mother of Thyme

Lemon Balm

The next day I mulched the plants with real cedar mulch.

Cedar mulch
Cedar mulch

In the driveway side bed I also planted four strawberry plants and mulched them but some leaves are turning brown and I don’t know that they will survive. Some of these herbs may overwinter if they are protected. I’ll have to look into that in the fall.

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