I've never really grown anything other than herbs before, so this is a real achievement for me. In fact, this whole area of the garden is new and growing! And I am feeling quite proud.
If only I had a picture of the before to show you...think overgrown privet shrubs everywhere, cement slab walkway, and sunken cement garbage can holders!
We had the cement removed, the area graded and the new flagstone steppers placed, then we selected and planted all the plants!
Moving front to back, we have green velvet boxwood, purple flowering catnip, dwarf Korean lilacs (can't wait for the Spring blooms!), pink variegated weigela, and golden Japanese forest grasses. In the far corner, we have assorted hasta (we were fortunate to inherit over 50 hasta plants in the existing yard) and lady finger ferns.
Just like accessorizing inside, I choose 3 of each variety of plant and placed them throughout the little garden to keep your eye moving. I love the color and texture combinations.
Eventually when things grow in a bit more, the boxwood will create a nice hedge around the patio offering much needed privacy. The lilacs will hide the view of the window well and the remaining plantings will become a secret garden of sorts. Or at least that is the hope!
Are you having planting success this summer?