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More Gardening

One of our neighbors has a couple of small dogs who like to have long, erudite evening conversations with Sage. Discussing the latest Animal Planet downloads from iTunes, I'm sure.

The problem is, those other dogs live on the othe side of the fence opposite one of the new lilacs, and Sage, in his eagerness to get the news, had knocked over one of the taller plants. The leaves had already started to look a little peaked, and as any mullah will tell you, you can only go to the Hidden Well so many times. I just discovered this Sunday, and had to re-set the plant with new potting soil and watering. The good news is that the leaves have pretty much recovered, indicating photosynthetic happiness; apparently these really are fairly hardy.

With the lilacs getting established, it's time to finish off that little sidewalk edge towards the front of the back yard. It's mostly shade, and beyond the reach of the soak hose. It's also immediately opposite the house, so I want ground cover rather than a large plant that will impede progress. This and this should do the trick.

I've already got a small spreading of Bishop's Weed, which is living up to its name. It's got some sort of Darwinian advantage over the other, natural weeds, and has slowly been shoving them aside. The only reason I don't use it, is that I'd like some color and a little variety, rather than one big green-and-white carpet there. It'll be a cheap and effective alternative, though, if the Plumbago acts like it sounds.


I love Bishop's Weed! Green and white foliage tends to brighten shady spots. If the plumbago doesn't work out for you (I never grew it in Colorado), periwinkle (vinca) makes a nice ground cover with blue flowers. The cool color scheme you have going should be lovely!
Take care...

I agree with Elizabeth. Vinca is also a fast grower and hard to kill (great for shady spots) even with very little water. Violets also like the shade and spread rapidly for more purple accents.

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