Sometimes it sure feels like half of what we plant dies. It's probably not 50%, but we sure do have a hard time getting things to stay alive. The weird one is planting 2 of something and one does great and the other dies.
I took a walk around the yard the other morning when I was adding some Miracle Grow to a few plants.
I can't remember what this shrub is called. We planted one on each end of the patio 2 or 3 years ago. One side is doing great, the other is about half the size and not near as full.
the good side: full and lots of leaves
The bad side - sparse leaves and smaller
On the other hand I'm having good luck with daylilies. Planted several 2 years ago and they have grown and are doing great. I have them in several areas of the yard:
These daylilies along the front fence line were just planted this summer, but so far so good. It will be nice when they get big like the one above
This forsythia is new, planted to replace an azalea that died. So far so good
The azalea on the other side of the front patio (which I missed getting a picture of) has been doing great...until the past week or so and now I'm noticing one side of it is brown. It's so frustrating! and these shrubs aren't cheap (but it's been over a year since I planted it)
This whiskey barrel planter really filled out with the petunias! You can't even see the whiskey barrel. Wish I could get hanging baskets to look like that.
I can't remember what this one is called either...barberry? something? It kind of got smashed with dh piling the walkway snow over it, but for the most part has rebounded. It doesn't seem to be liking the 100 degree days too well, but I've been giving it extra water (in addition to what is set up to auto drip from drip lines) and it's perking up a bit now.
This is called "Stairway to Heaven" and it was planted later last summer after the first plant we put in (with first pups ashes) didn't make it. It looked great all spring, had some small flowers, and early summer, but lately the top half has looked dead, yet underneath is still green and seems to be growing. This weekend I trimmed off quite a bit of the dead top part to see if that will help it any. Maybe that's what you are supposed to do? I tried to read up on care of the plant, but couldn't really find anything that said to do that.
This is the 2nd try at a liliac bush. Dh accidentally killed the first one. This one, planted late last summer, is doing well and growing and the trunk is getting big and thick. I'm hoping someday it fills up that whole area.
Just a picture of the river as I was walking into the backyard:
The birdbath dd got me for Mother's Day to replace the one that broke. Having it down here in the backyard, rather than up on our back patio really has seemed to cut down on the number of birds hitting our big windows. Though I really miss being able to look out and watch all the birds in the birdbath. They don't use this one as much, either.