As our fall weather was too nice to start garden cleanups and winter preparation, I (GARDENS4U) took on another (small) project last week. This client lives on the same street as two other clients for whom I have recently reconstructed front gardens. The 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 heuchera in 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. Instead, I planted three different varieties of ornamental grass strategically around the edges of the rock, with two tall ones 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. After the past few days of rainy weather the grass seed should be well watered. 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. As it is currently late in the season, the client will have to wait until next spring and summer to fully appreciate the new look…
Unfortunately, this week looks like our great weather is behind us so I will be starting that cleanup and winterizing this morning (after it warms up a bit)…not nearly as much fun as designing a new garden!
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…
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 →