Jigsaw (Puzzle) of the Lambs

13 years ago

Our garden is only two years old, but we have run into a problem with a patch of Lamb's ears. As you know, they grow quite aggressively and now it appears that earwigs like to nest in them. Since they are right on the patio, and therefore prime real estate, we are thinking of replace them. But with what? Trying to find plants that are xeric and have the right color, texture, and size for the space is why this is like a a jigsaw puzzle.

Since our landscape designer bailed in the middle of the installation process, we can't ask her either for advice or for insight into why she setup certain things as she did. So we are trying to do the best we can.

I have included pictures of the area below, each looking at the same border from different angles. The 1st pic is looking west, the 2nd is looking east, the 3rd is looking south, and the final one is a close up looking east.

We are in zone 5 in Central WA state (think high mountain desert), and we live on a lake. The area in question gets a good amount of sun in the AM, but less in the afternoon. The color scheme for the flowers in this area of our landscape is purple (e.g. Salvia, Perovskia), yellow (e.g. Coreopsis), and orange (e.g. Penstemon, Kniphofia). Some of the candidates we are looking at, after we move the Lamb's ears, are:

Asclepias tuberosa

Baptisia 'Twilight Prairie Blues'

Aquilegia flabellata

Because it would be great to have something fragrant as well, we are also considering Mockorange or Caryopteris incana 'Jason' SUNSHINE BLUE although we don't want anything too tall that would block our view of the lake.

We are not locked into anything, so any suggestions you may have, combinations of things, or even that we should keep the Lamb's ears, is fair game.

Thanks in advance for your help!





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