.As our fall weather was too nice to start garden cleanups and winter preparation, Gardens4u took on another garden project last week. This client lives on the same street as two other clients for whom I have recently reconstructed front gardens. This client wanted a smaller footprint for the new garden with plants that require no maintenance and stay tidy looking all season. I started by removing all of the existing plants, leaving the large rock as the focal point…
I replanted a ring of groundcover (lamium) around the tree to include the tree in the garden. I added heucherain various colors around the perimeter of the garden to define its new edge, including around the outer edges of the rock. Both of these inclusions make it easier for the lawnmower, removing the chore of trimming around the tree and rock. The large and overgrown clump of Solomon’s seal was dug out from around the rock. It was overpowering the rock and looked messy. In its place, I planted three different varieties of ornamental grass. These were strategically placed around the edges of the rock. Two tall ones went at the corners closest to the house and a shorter one at the front, outer edge. This will draw the eye to the rock, making it an integral part of the garden.
New plants included the heuchera, a dwarf shrub rose, a varigated and reblooming weigela, as well as several colorful and long blooming perennials. I reused a few daylilies, some (a very small portion) of the lamium, and none of the aggressive Solomon’s seal. Unused plants have been potted up in my ICU (home inventory of plants) for recycling (use in someone else’s gardens). Grass seed was sprinkled on the bare spots where the garden used to extend to. The grass seed should be well watered after the past few days of rainy weather. If the mild weather holds, the grass may even grow before spring.
The end result was a smaller, tidier garden between the rock and the tree. The client will have to wait until next summer, unfortunately, to fully appreciate the new look…
Unfortunately, this current week looks like our great weather is behind us. That means Gardens4u will be starting that cleanup and winterizing this morning after it warms up a bit. Cleanup is not nearly as much fun as designing a new garden project!
These pictures are of Gardens4u’s most recent garden project:
All new plants are perennials, meaning they come back every year. All are pretty much maintenance free too, a common request from my clients these days. The brown cedar mulch helps keep moisture in and weeds out.
I can’t wait to see what the gardens look like by the end of summer when all of the perennials have settled into their new homes.
I must have at least twenty rose plants in my gardens. I love perennial roses in the form of climbers, bushes, shrubs and miniatures in my gardens and in containers on my deck. Most of them are in bloom right now. Some continue to bloom all summer, while others are repeaters meaning they bloom for a bit now, drop their blossoms, and rebloom again later in the season. My camera does not do justice to their colors that range from the palest of pink to hot pink to deep red, soft buttery yellow to dark lemon yellow, pale mauve or lilac shades of purple to almost wine in color. No captions are necessary.
These storm clouds showed up suddenly today while I was out admiring, deadheading and photographing the roses…
I barely had time to get me and my camera in the house and close all the windows before the big black clouds burst and the rain came pouring down. We did not get hail here, but friends and family just a few minutes north of me and an hour south did.
Instead of “mirror, mirror on the wall”, I should say “gardens, gardens on my route, who’s the fairest of them all?” I know that “all” does not rhyme with “route”, but let me ensure you get the picture, literally…. Continue reading →
As you go through the gate, my “ICU” is on the right side along the fence and beside the steps. Any unwanted plants I rescue from clients’ gardens get potted up and live here until I can recycle them into other gardens. My son built the shelving unit on the right to use as a potting bench as well as a spot to store my pots, soil, tools etc.
As my children grew, so did my gardens; there is very little lawn left these days. Beyond the white arbor is my compost corner. The fences are covered with vines and the beds chock full of perennials. Two apple trees and a lilac on one side and two plum trees on the other add shady spots with dappled sun, while the center offers full sun conditions. This variation in growing conditions allows for a wide range of perennials…
The pond was put in years ago as a Mother’s Day gift. The racoons came from my father’s garden and the frog is a new visitor. Unfortunately, the real racoons that visit frequently like to knock over these guys; I often find one or all of them in the pond!…
The front yard has lots of sun, so it is great for roses, lilies and succulents. The focus of the front garden is the “dwarf” blue spruce that was supposed to reach 5 feet. It is currently at least 12 feet tall…
Various pots and containers offer added color throughout the gardens…
What I love most about the gardens is how they change from week to week from spring to fall.
Gardens4u started a project recently in which the client wanted her yard restored to its full potential. Landscapers were paid a hefty sum to make it beautiful years ago, but it was overtaken by weeds…
The pictures above do not give the weeds justice for their size and number, unfortunately, I forgot to take a real “before” shot. Our job was to remove the weeds and fill the cracks between the interlocking bricks with polymeric sand. The cracks were cavernous in some places, with nothing in them. There was mud, moss and weeds in every imaginable space. After many hours of power washing, my son had the interlock pathways and patios looking like this:
Polymeric sand was added to make them look like this:
We still have few days of work left, but the progress is amazing!