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New Plants and Transplanting

Getting both new plants and transplanting the old ones is a good way to keep your garden fresh and interesting – and it is cost effective too!

Getting both new plants and transplanting the old ones is a good way to keep your garden fresh and interesting - and it is cost effective too!

On the same day that we planted our veggie garden (2 weekends ago) we also bought some new additions for our front yard.  I decided on new plants and transplanting some of the old ones in order to save a bit of money.  Let me show you what our front yard looks like now, and share some tips on how-to transplant!

In case you forgot what our front yard looked like, here is a photo from about a month ago:


Photo First Appeared in The Month of May

Thankfully, Mother Nature prevailed and our perennials started growing back (they’re not full size yet, but at least they’re no longer barren).


We added the concrete walkway two years ago, and last summer we put in the mini-fences.  They were part of my original front walkway plan, and I’m happy they were still intact since being out all winter.  Well, sort of.  Not sure if the one section came off because of the weight of the snow, or the suspicious looking dog leash wrapped there…


A month ago, the hostas were still brown dead leave things, and now the new growth has started filling out.  (These were here from the previous owners, we just added a foot of space for them to expand.)  I liked the contrast between the red mulch and the white (dusty millers), and they actually looked okay in the fall when the hostas were dying.  (They look a little sad now, but there are some that are starting to regrow).

Anyways, that’s what I wanted to talk about!  We planted a bunch of the dusty millers in our rock garden, but they were literally disappearing in the rocks.  I wanted to move them and here is a handy how-to transplant graphic I came up with:


Normally, my mom is the one who does all our plant re-arranging – but I decided to put on the big girl gloves and do it myself this year (also, she hasn’t visited yet, ha!).  You can see the new growth in the last picture, so they’ll look more like that soon I guess.

My mom usually transplants a bunch of stuff every summer, and it’s actually how we got most of our plants (she split some from her garden and brought them to us).


To fill the holes in the rock gardens, I picked up four of these red star spike cordyline plants. I really liked the purple colour and the height they would add, but have no idea if they are perennials or annuals. (I read about them online after and I think in our cold climate they are only annuals…).


No, they’re not in a straight line… details ha!

The dusty millers were looking much better in the red mulch area, and hopefully they have plenty of room once the hostas are fully grown (that one on the left gets crazy huge). One of my grasses that I planted last year isn’t as big as the other one, so I’ll see what happens by the end of this summer before I do anything.


I then moved to the main garden in our front yard, and I was not liking the symmetry (ignore the un-levelness of the ground, we’re not fixing that!).


I like things to be either symmetrical or not, and this area was supposed to be the same, but the left side was not as grown as the right.  On top of that, the plants were a little crowded on the right, so I decided to take out the fern that was kind of growing everywhere.


Now there is a bit more room to breathe, and hopefully the little purple plant will get a bit bigger.


The fern was in a bunch of different areas, so I split it and transplanted it all over the yard.  I put some in our planters (although they didn’t fare too well last year) and some in the backyard too.


Finally, I planted some lavender in the last area of the rock garden, so I’m hoping it spreads nicely and flowers too (it’s the little thing on the right ha!).


Our front yard is looking more up-to-date and I’m crossing my fingers that the cordylines will last through the winter too!  I’m guessing things will look extra good once the lilies bloom :)


Either way, the dark colour and added height of the grass is a nice feature, so I’ll probably keep that same look if I have to replant next year!


Getting both new plants and transplanting old ones is a good way to keep your garden fresh and interesting.  I really like how everything pops much better in their new locations, so hopefully they’ll take and all come back next summer :)

At least I have one more summer task done this year!


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