When the Dickeyville Garden Club met in May of 2016, we decided it was time to redo the garden located on the property of the Dickeyville Presbyterian Church at the entrance to our historic village. The garden is located in a triangular shaped plot of land at the intersection of North Forest Park Ave. and Wetheredsville Road. The oval-shaped garden had several misshapen yew bushes, yellow day lilies, Russian sage and a large quantity of weeds before we began our project.
Our first step was to design the garden. Three concerns impacted the choice of plants chosen for the site. Since the garden is on the church’s property, our first step was approval of the plan from the church members. The church was concerned that no plants would grow too high and cover up the name of the church at the bottom of the sign. Second, this area gets a lot of sun and there is no water supply so that limited what plants would thrive. And last, but not least, the preferences of certain four-legged creatures in our village was also kept in mind. We certainly didn’t want them to enjoy our new garden.
The base of the planting is two dwarf white spruce trees (picea glauca Conica) and four bright pink spirea bushes named 'Neon Flash.’ The dominant floral theme is yellow from several varieties of coreopsis, and an achillea ‘moonshine’. We were also able to save the ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies that have bloomed there for years. Flashes of purple are from salvia nemorosa ‘May Night' and dwarf Russian sage ‘Little Spire.’ The back side of the garden is planted in a ground cover with small blue flowers called lead wort (ceratostigma plumbaginoides).