Monday, July 30, 2007
Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)
This plant isn’t for everybody. It is way too invasive to be used as an everyday garden plant. It is good for certain areas where it can be allowed to spread. It isn’t good for borders, rich topsoil areas, areas adjacent to lawns and small gardens in general. My plants are in a rock planter but I still have to keep a careful eye on it. It is a really wet area and it can’t spread in two directions. I usually pull up any runners that are going outside their area a couple of times a year. I don’t have any mercy for them and I never plant them anywhere else in the garden or throw them in the compost. The flowers are attractive and a bit novel and they appear in summer when I welcome the color. I also love the fall color of this perennial. It is a great mixture of red, yellow and orange, really super. Carefully consider using this plant and if you don’t have the time or urge to maintain it get something else.
This week I am continuing the pruning job I started on Friday. It is a nice garden but it has been let to run amok a bit. I am removing some plants and severely cutting back others. After that we are going to do some planting. I want to see what it looks like when it is all cut back. I have become a real journeyman with dealing with mature gardens. There is definitely a whole different approach you have to use as compared to getting a garden established.