We're in the process of wrapping up the 2009 garden. I'm bringing a few pretty things inside. We're mulching and trying to make our decisions for next year. I'm disappointed the books say we can't cut back perennials until the first frost. Some things are so shabby and I'm so tired of watching them decay. I think our garden was sort of a bust this year. Weird weather and no time and some really bad impulse decisions lead to a garden that seemed to have no rhyme or reason. We definitely erred on the side of too much variety and are trying to pare it down for next year. So hard though to yank out plants that didn't make it or that just aren't working for us. All that money spent. It's painful. We try to find other spots for things but we have a small yard and only a few spots that get good sun so our choices are limited.
The vegetable garden fared about as well as the flower garden. Some hits (tomatos, green beans, basil, lettuces) and lots of misses (zucchini, cantelope, tomatillos, peppers). We don't get as much sun as we need I think and also the non-raised bed needed more than crossed fingers. Our zucchini actually did well but was eaten by rabbits as soon as it grew.
So going forward, all cool colors. Different shades of greens and purples. Things that are getting axed: coneflowers (too sloppy), phlox (too tall), pinks (too neon and too shabby), golden tansy (too big). Things that will be added in the spring: more dragon's blood stonecrop, more artemisia (to replace the ones I killed by cutting them back too far), japanese anemones for pretty late summer blooms. We bought some more evergreen shrubs to do that whole bones for the garden thing and although I was resisting it I have to say it looks much better. Funny because we started out here 2 years ago in our first house with our new yard thinking we wanted modern, simple, just a few flowers, lots of green and then somehow we went garden gone wild. It's the lure of the nurseries, all those beautiful flowers, they're impossible to resist. I think we've learned our lessons. I have high hopes for Spring.