My hubby and I have been cleaning out our basement – basically one big storage area – to make room for some different areas now that it’s just the two of us. He’d like an area for his stained-glass studio and I’d like a designated area where I can grow seeds in late winter for planting in my kitchen garden. This will consist mostly of pots or vertical spaces since I have a lot of shade.
I’ve been gathering all the notes I’ve thrown in my Garden Journal since last fall. Each year, I like to try and add one new perennial to my garden. And I’ll also have an opportunity to replace one tree that came down in a storm last year. Since our yard is small, we’ll try to find a non-fruit flowering plum, pear or apple tree. They are fast growers and hold their leaves well into fall.
I also would like to introduce a few new plants and shrubs that have winter interest and bloom late summer into early fall. Seems I have many spring blooming things! I’d like summer-long blooms and stuff that’s hearty enough to provide some fall and early winter interest.
Wish list for my kitchen garden:
tomato, basil, oregano, flat-leaf parsley, thyme, onion or chives, garlic, green pepper, chard or kale
Wish list for new plants/shrubs:
ANNUALS, late-blooming – dahlia, zinnia, chocolate eupatorium, sunflowers
PERENNIALS, summer-long blooming – vanilla strawberry hydrangea
SHRUBS, zone 4, partial shade tolerant – Hiba arborvitae (compact form, Nana)
What do you grow in your Midwest garden? And what new things will you add this year?