Every garden should have a name. A good name for the whole concept and then some sort of name for each smaller part of it. A certain garden in Southwestern New Jersey was named Hasty Gardens after the fact that there is never enough time to make a thorough plan let alone follow one. Most things are done in haste. Plants that thrive become established, propagate, and then are dug up, divided, and planted again here and there. Plants that fail are left out of the scene.
The philosophy at Hasty Gardens comes from the Bible. 1 Corinthians 3:7; So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
At Hasty Gardens, winners include: daylilies, purple coneflower, butterfly bush, hydrangea, peonies, carpet phlox,and PJM rhododendron. See the slide show.
Daylilies, especially the old-fashioned ones, are great: you can mow over them and they just come right back. That is how hardy they are. They are easy to dig up, divide, and transplant in early spring or better yet, in middle to late fall.
Purple coneflowers are very hardy and easy to divide and transplant (in early spring). Like the old-fashioned daylilies, you don’t have to be all that gentle with them. Perfect for Hasty Gardens! Goldfinches love them.
Ahhhhh! The beautiful butterfly bush! A lot of bang for the buck there. You get a large shrub with beautiful flowers that should be a guarantee that butterflies will be attracted to your yard. Another plant that can be hastily dug, divided, and transplanted. In late, late fall, winter, or early spring cut them back and use the larger branches for stakes in other parts of the garden – probably better than those bunches of skinny bamboo stakes sold at stores.
Who doesn’t like to look at a lush hydrangea. Big leaves. Big clusters of florets. They prefer some shade, but have survived full sun and a hot location at Hasty Gardens, albeit with watchful watering.
Peonies make dramatic appearances from the ground in early spring and when they bloom, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous. Ants can be a problem, but a firm mist from the hose nozzle knocks most of them down.
Carpet phlox makes an excellent ground cover all year and the carpet of flowers they produce in spring are quite a lovely sight. This is an easy plant to divide and transplant. Make sure the transplants get plenty of water for several days after planting.
PJM rhododendrons look wonderful with carpet phlox. They bloom profusely in spring and you might get a few more, relatively speaking, in the fall. Once established, they are about as maintenance free as can be.
Oh! The list of plants that thrive at Hasty Gardens goes on – Russian sage, oregano, forsythia, beebalm, catmint, blue festuca, lilac, Bradford pear, hens and chicks, raspberry . . .