marti, yes the Hardy Begonia will grow for you in a shady area. They readily reseed and come back up every year. Mildly aggressive spreader too. Are you ever up this way? I know you come to Campbellsville sometime. If you wait until later on in the year I can dig some up for you.
Got it planned just need to know when. And Thank You!! We went for a drive today, don't know exactly were, someplace out by Eubanks and discovered a family owned business with greenhouses etc. They have some very reasonable prices and will be getting in some hydrangeas, hibiscus and fruit trees in another month. I HAVE TO GO BACK THERE AND SHOP!!!!!
I did buy two coleus, and 4 plants of Oxheart tomato and 4 plants of a purple tomato. Something new to try.
You bet!! Plus they have Bloodroot growing wild on their property and said I can dig some the next time I come for a visit. I also left them with information on DG and other site. I'm going to take at least 1 day a week and just drive around and see some of Ky.
Both Japanese Maples are seedling maples and not a specific type. Both of these trees get full sun and wind and seedlings are the hardiest forms of Japanese Maples. I tried several cultivars here and they didn't make it. The only trouble with seedlings is that you don't know what you are going to get including how big. Here are two more in my yard. I have a lot of cultivars but even so these are some of my favorites, perhaps because they are so mature.
I haven't had much time to check out the forums lately but thought I'd pop in quick.
Cindy, I planted 'Crimson Queen' (Acer dissectum) and 'Glowing Embers' (Acer palmatum) at my daughter's home in Maine last year, also Zone 5, and they both successfully made it through the winter! There are some which are reliably more hardy than others and if you check out the Japanese Maple forum there are some members there who could give you advice on what might succeed in your area :) Actually there's an old thread which lists varieties which made it through a Zone 5b winter: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/594350/ - hope this helps :)
Thank you - I think the porch was what sold my daughter on the house :) They moved in last February and her father did some work on the porch in May and I arrived in June to do the landscaping. One long week working in the miserable rain but we were able to get everything accomplished in the plan I had been working on for months! This is what it looked like last spring before we got started...
rcn - nice to "see" you again. Thanks for the reference on the JMs. Every time I see one when I'm out and about, I crave it. There are some beautiful (and pricey) specimens at a local nursery but, the more they cost, the more insecure I become about successfully growing it. That transformation really added some personality.
Mayapples I planted last year. They are not native here. I used to have them in the woods where I lived as a child. So glad to have them back.
Aquilegia Clementine Blue from seed. Lost the name of the phlox. Underneath Quercus frainetto. I'll do more work on design later. I'm mainly at the nursing stage here. :-)
Sorry, been away for a few days! JoAnn, yes the house was new - I'm pleased from my daughter's reports it looks like almost everything we planted made it through its first winter :) I'm heading north again in June and can't wait to see what it looks like this year!
Cindy, good to "see" you again too! I was so busy over the winter that I hadn't been posting much but I'm trying to catch up. Good luck finding a Japanese Maple that's a match for your zone :)
Sandy!!!! Any plans to travel to Richmond this year? I've got a new area I just planted, hope to have it completed by the end of the week and should be posting pictures soon.
killdawabbit, the color of your 'Blue Moon' is lovely! We have a lot of Mayapple growing in our woods and I've been looking at some that are fairly close and trying to decide where I'd like to plant them in the gardens.
Hey Doug. Technically they are native...out there in the woods somewhere. I meant on my property. I should have clarified that. Sorry. I am hoping these will naturalize in my garden. Does anyone know if that's possible?
I bought the Phlox at a local garden center about 3 years ago.
Hosta Blue Angel, Alchemilla mollis, Geranium sanguineum (lost variety name-Striata?), Heuchera Snow Angel underneath Quercus alba.
The hosta I bought as Blue Angel but I'm not sure it was correctly identified.
Still working on design.
How's this for naturlizing? This is a picture I took just down the road from my house. There is a nature walk area protected by the Corp of Engineers. It's a great place for a walk on a wooden pathway thru the area. You also see Trilliums, wild violets, special trees and other interesting plants.
I posted pictures of my walk there on General discussion forum. Check it out!!
That's a nice start. Great potential. Are the hostas the same variety or are you going for eclectic? I could think of probably a couple of dozen different groundcovers for that area.
What are the cages for? What are the trees?
The hastas are all dif. giants
and the bonus was Great Arrival
There are tall astilbes at the back and a Rheinland in the front.I am planning pink and white Impatiens and Caladiums in there until I can think of perennials.I am seeing a low spreading evergreen of some sort at the edge but not definate yet.
ge - Nice color scheme going there. Re: evergreen - what about some of the small evergreen azaleas? Or do you want a conifer? I always wanted to try Microbiota decussata because it's supposed to take shade but have never gotten around to it.
Ohhh - I'm still a way from actually buying one and planting it. I had thought that it might be a candidate for the replacing the contractor foundation planting in the front of my house since I have a shady front yard. Still have never planned out a new design. And the thought of tearing out 3 30-year old yews and some other poodle-shaped 6+ ft tall monster is daunting.
Oh the gardens are really waking up now and looking so beautiful this year!!! New trilliums are open. Hostas almost up. And of course looking geourgeous... Very colorful spring in my shade garden. Will try to take a few photos. Ronna
Some of the shrubs have been blooming outrageously - maybe due to all of the wet, cool weather last summer? I have one azalea that's literally covered in flowers and it's been in my garden for 12 years or more but has never bloomed like this. I am curious to see if everything else is going to bloom so well.
Not very inspirational yet, but I thought I'd share my new shade garden, filled with hellebores, an astilbe, bleeding hears ('Gold Heart', the yellow-leaved variety), some violas I started from seed, hardy geraniums and, of course, some of my favorite hostas. All are brand new plants, so they're small and spaced far apart, but given time I'm sure they'll look nice and lush. How can they not do well with our guardian dragon keeping watch?
ge - Irises already? That's another thing that's going to go gangbusters for me is Irises. I don't think they'll bloom until next week yet but I've already put the plant supports in place for them (ahead of them for once).
Kayly - All of the different textures and foliage colors are going to look great! What do you use for mulch? Almost looks like cocoa bean hulls.
ge - It's so nice to see your tulips and irises and hostas. Lovely colors!
Cindy, you guessed it--that's cocoa bean hulls. I thought I'd give it a try in this small area. It gets some morning sun and good air circulation, so I'm hoping it won't develop mold, which I've heard can be an issue with this mulch. Also, my dogs are fenced in the backyard, and this is in the front, so I'm not worried about them eating it and potentially getting sick.
Noreaster, thanks for the compliment! I like the color of my house, too. That color is just on the wood screened porch, and the rest of the house is built using a special brick from the Milwaukee area called Cream City Brick (in part because of its creamy color).My house is an 1890 Victorian farmhouse.
Kayly - you're right about the mold. I tried it several years back in the front of my house but I'm thinking it's too shady and it developed mold. Your spot is much more open with better circulation. Doesn't it smell wonderful?
Dick - I like the natural look of your space.
My little blue crested iris are blooming now. The German bearded will bloom next week.
Dick, I have two variegated podophyllums, but each still just sports 2 or 3 leaves,
despite being ~5yrs old.
They seem healthy, but invariably a leaf gets broken, or eaten by some varmint,
which takes out half the plant, so they never seem to get beyond their current size.
Seeing yours gives me hope that they may fill in some day.
ge, My original Origami didn't come back. These seedlings I raised last spring and planted last fall. So I don't know if they will return. I guess I will save seed again just in case.
I love the tiaras too. I also have emerald and diamond.
I love those mayapples. I ordered one a couple of weeks ago but I have forgotten which variety. It is a mottled form.
Beautiful podophyllum! And here I thought they only bloomed in white.
ge - Sorry to hear about 'Origami' - I had it on my "want" list but you mentioned that they're difficult to keep. I like my little 'Corbett' but it's not vigorous for me at all and I hold my breath each spring.
Okay everyone! I am going to start a part shade rock garden what is a good fit for this? I will try to take a picture of it... I really am not to much of a fan of sedums and things. I got three awsome rocks from the side of a road. T stand or sit on there sides. But can you pretty much put what ever you want in them? Your own designs? Just want some info on them/. Thanks Ronna
Ronna, you could do mini hosta in a rock garden setting...or some smaller heuchera would be nice too. I know you don't like sedum, but one of my favorite things is sedum ternatum, which grows and flowers in the shade...I have many areas about to be covered with little starry white flowers, and I really love it. I'll take a pic in a few days.
Yes, it's all Lily of the Valley. I removed a ton in previous years, and this year, and I STILL have a ton! I wonder who planted it originally and when...it's certainly happy where it is. I caught the scent for the first time today, Pirl, and it is lovely.
I don't think my nose is in tune with lily of the valley. I cut a small bouquet the other day, put it on my kitchen window above the sink and still can't smell it. It is pretty this time of year though.
Noreaster - more rock envy on my part. Nice setting and must be stunning when everything unfurls.
Thanks, Cindy. I'll post more pics later in the season. I'm actually a little freaked out by the growth of things this year...I like to be able to walk around things as I do my slug rounds at night but I think some of the hosta have gotten so big that it is going to be hard to do that. All that rain last summer must have given everything a major boost.
Here is the only one that didn't really grow- Big Daddy. Interestingly, the varigated Solomon's Seal behind it did get much taller this year...I thought that kind was supposed to stay relatively low.
Noreaster your garden is so beautiful!!! Thanks for the name of a shade sedum I will have to look into that. Not a huge fan of the sedum but will need some color. My varagated Japenese solomon seals are huge this year also. The smaller ones I found in the woods are so cute. With all this rain we have been having everything is so huge!!! My Parhelion hosta is so pretty and large this year so is Solar Eclipse. Planted both last year. I am with you on the lily of the valley. They are so hard to get rid of!!! gggrrrr. One of those things I planted and wished I never did! They smell wonderful. I have some planted along my driveway they smell heavenly. Ronna
I planted the 'striped' version of lily of the valley this year.
It was advertised as being less aggressive a spreader.
Does anyone know of it's spreading habit? Will I regret planting it?
The variegation is pretty.
I don't know...I somehow having stripes makes it less aggressive! My LOTV is a nightmare to remove because whoever put it there didn't really have a garden...they just stuck it in the ground. Well that ground has lots and lots and lots of rocks in the soil. So it's not like I can just stick a shovel in some nice garden soil and pull the stuff out. I have to use a pickaxe to loosen the compacted dirt and rocks to try to free the roots. But of course they are firmly entrenched, and deep. What I've done in this bed is dig as a deep a trench as I could around the LOTV, then buried a plastic garden edging to hopefully act as a barrier. So far it seems to keep it from inching over where I don't want it. It will always be a chore to manage it, but way more of a chore to get rid of it entirely.
noreaster - What a beautiful show! I planted a 'Misty Lace' last year and it put on a decent show this year. It still has a ways to go before reaching the size of your's. I had species Aruncus for years but had planted it in the wrong place. It languished year after year without blooming. I ended up losing 2 out of 3 plants and moved the survivor to a different bed that now contains 'Misty Lace'. The change in that survivor is encouraging since it bloomed this year although not as showy as 'Misty Lace'. I think Aruncus is one of those plants that does need to be sited correctly in half-way decent soil.
ge - I can't imagine mine getting that big. What's your secret?
I can rarely take credit for having actually "planned" a good combo. Some of the best ones in my gardens are "coincidentals". They turn out far better than the intentional ones. Campanula poscharskyana blooming blue right now with my "hak" grass behind it, backed up by columbine 'Yellow Star' with Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' with chartreuse buds opening in pale blue. Last week it was my only Japanese maple 'Atropupureum' underplanted with Geranium 'Spessart' - the pale pink of the Geranium accented by the burgundy maple leaves. My first "accident" was Monarda 'Mahogany' with daylily 'Raspberry Pixie' - both blooming the same color at the same time in my garden.
Here is my favorite spot in the shadier part of the yard! Goats bear is huge, oakleaf hydrangea, perennial geraniums, cherry bells ground cover, a couple honeybelles... my favorite hostas and a unknown blue hosta. Much more I am sure. Ronna
very nice. I am waiting for caladiums to come up in my shade garden for annuals.Its in front of the woodpile so I didnt want SIL tramping on it all winter.
Calads were planted 3 weeks ago.Many in pots are up.
I love Goats Beard.Yours is really nice.
here is a shot of my shade garden,just got it done I had planted it last summer,finished the edging and mulched it,i have hostas ,bleeding hearts ,astilbes,fall crocus, goldie locks,dead nettle,archangel,veronica repens,sedum album,potentilla verna,I have a few annuals tossed in the upperbed,
Yikes! Must be scary flipping a tractor. My old house had a fairly steep front yard (although not as steep as yours) and I wouldn't let anyone else mow because I felt I was the only one who had the knack for mowing without killing myself or the John Deere. Plus, my husband always missed spots. ;)
Those astilbes are gorgeous. Mine are blooming, too, although I don't have a photo yet (and it's raining today, so that's not going to happen.) This is the first year I've ever been able to grow astilbes and get them to bloom. They've always died before, or the chipmunk has eaten them. (I can tell you that our chipmunks LOVE astilbes. They also love toad lily buds, so I haven't seen those in a couple of years, either.) This year, FINALLY, I have blooms. Yay!
I got an astilbe at the last RU which is doing extremely well. The ones I bought before either died or struggling. I always thought that it was the oaks draining all the water out. Now I am suspecting that
it's a proven winner plants that do well. None of the plants I got at the RU struggle.
I will not be fooled by pictures anymore, I think ;)
hugger, from this angle the slope is even more intimidating, but the house setting is gorgeous!
Strever, I know I'm supposed to be focusing on the arisaema, but I still LOVE your podophyllums.
In full splendid bloom! I'm jealous! Mine are puny in comparison.
Mine are 4-5 years old now, so hopefully they'll start strutting their stuff pretty soon.
i have boat loads of stupid chipmunks,and they are eating all my sunflower seed that I have planted ,ive never had them bother my astilbes, and they better not !!!! looks like Ive got 1 sun flower coming up ,Have never had this happen before and ive always had chipmunks...AHH yes kayly we dont let anyone mow here either,way too dangerous.The dh Rolled the tractor the 1st yr he was retired,he was not used to mowing at all ,I always had mowed the lawn,he still scares me!!!!! I just dont watch anymore...And he actually does a nice job now ,boy when he first took over,it was awful,i kept saying yes it looks nice ,thank you for mowing,while inside Iwas ohhh you have no idea how to mow!!!! Much better now,I dont grit my teeth anymore...
huggergirl love the new garden! People love to squeeze in a shade garden where ever they can! Hostas growing in the smalllest amount of shade. My yard is almost all shade so I get kinda upset when I can not grow more sun perennials. But you got what you got right? Make the most of it. I am currently working on the front yard with a bunch of rocks and less plantings. So far so goo. Have some new swapping goats bears! Mini ones. Really like them alot... Starting to blossom now. Have a great day everyone. Ronna
ge,love the martagon lilys,Iam thinking id better get me some ..!!! i have a bit of shade too,in different areas.We do get a lot more sun on the west now as we have cut down 2 trees in the past 2 yrs,sadly but really needed to,a black walnut,trunk measured 66 in around and 20 + long with no branches,couldnt even sell the log,because it was in a yard..But too close to the house hung over the 1st story and 2nd,filled the gutters ,the other was a wild black cherry,that also was a very dirty tree that hung heavy over the house,my veg.garden was getting no sun anymore,with woods on the east.Large trees on the west
ge - tell me more about the martagon lilies. I've always been fascinated by them. I have 'Blue Falls' as well, cascading over a retaining wall. They're blooming great this year.
huggergirl - we have to make a decision soon about taking out a couple of trees. Really hating to do it as I can tell that the original owner of our house tried to keep as many native trees as possible during the building. Have one large oak by our back patio that has a lot of dead wood on it - more dead than live I'm afraid. And then there's the oak that really had to stretch for the sun as it grew and is leaning pretty far over the utility wires. I'll really have to talk DH into the $$.
Have chipmunks too and they usually get their fill of seed under the bird feeder. They do tend to dig a little when I plant something new so have to keep any eye on new additions for a week or so.
ge... Are the martagon lilies for part shade? I looked into them once and really loved them but there was a reason why I did not purchase them. Very beautiful. All my other lily bulbs do great where I have them. Geourgeouse actually this year! Ronna
I like the serrata hydrangeas because they're usually a little smaller and have finer texture to leaves and flowers. They come in a whole host of cultivars like bigleaf hydrangea, including double-flowered varieties. The purple one pictured above is called Purple Tiers and the white one is Shirofugi.
I've got some single ones also, but they're not as far along, for some reason.
Here's a single one which starts out perfectly white, but the flowers last for weeks and weeks,
and as they age, they gradually turn pink then red on the outsides. This is from last summer.
Oh - that one is another cutie! In general, are some the double flower buds hardy enough to zone 5 or bloom on new wood? I'm thinking H. serrata's bloom new wood? I could conceivably have a spot for a new Hydrangea after tearing out some lily of the valley and wintercreeper and building a small retaining wall.
I've been working on a project that started three years ago and just now realized after catching up on all the posts that I wanted to include some Mayapples in the planting! Thankfully I've still got room, now I just have to hope they're not completely dormant so I can find them to dig :( Now, let's see if I can catch up on this thread!
Cindy, have you bought Microbiota decussata yet? I've wanted this for a long time and it's hard to find! Like Weerobin, I'm not sure how it's going to perform here but I've got a cool, shady spot that should work and the nursery in Maine I'm going to be visiting in a couple of weeks supposedly has it :)
Dick, love the "walk through your forest" :) I've got two Podophyllums in the gardens. I supposedly bought Kaleidoscope AND Spotty Dotty but I suspect the vendor got them mixed up because they both look alike :( I need to move one of them because this year it's only sent up one small leaf and obviously isn't happy!
killdawabbit Lovely gardens! I've got one Schizophragma 'Moonlight' planted that's finally taking off this year and getting ready to plant another. I foolishly planted Wisteria 'Amethyst Falls' to climb up the copper arbor I finally finished but it's in way too much shade so I'm going to replace it with 'Moonlight'.
ge1836Your new Giant Hosta garden is wonderful and the contrasting colors of foliage look great :) I'm always looking for gold and burgundy to brighten up the garden! After seeing the pictures of your Martagon Lilies I had to go looking for mine. Last year they were blooming around the end of May but I didn't see any blooms this year? I thought I had lost them but they're still there just suffering, only about 6" tall :( I suspect the moles/voles who hang out in that area may have something to do with it and I'm going to move them so I won't lose them entirely! I love seeing the pictures of your Goat's Beard - just planted this on a slope and hope it looks as nice as yours in another year.
Noreaster I never tire of looking at your gardens :) My Misty Lace Aruncus has grown a lot and was beautiful this year too but I didn't even take the time to get pictures!
Weerobin This must be a good year for Hydrangeas! The selections we have of Hydrangea serrata in the gardens are finally looking gorgeous this year. We have a pink one similar to yours and it was a weak plant to begin with but we've finally got a few blooms this year. I love your white one!
I've been having problems with my camera this spring and haven't taken many pictures but I have a few to share. Here's one of Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird' blooming. From our front door this one almost looks fluorescent along the driveway!
I wish I had taken this picture the week before - this was a beautiful Arisaema tortuosum :( At almost 4' tall it was spectacular but DH was pruning a few limbs in the area and broke the flower off and almost snapped the whole plant!
I've got some pictures of the gardens I've been working on this spring but not enough time to post all of them this morning. I'll be back tomorrow morning to post them but in the meantime I'll leave you with these to give you a morning chuckle. I had posed a question on the Water Gardening forum because I have a "pest" who keeps taking a dip in the little pond I put in the gardens last spring. See anything in this picture that shouldn't be there?
She's been taking regular dips in the pond this spring and I was never able to get a picture. I was taking pictures Sunday morning when the "pest" returned to take a dip after running through the field - Lucy!!! I tried to discourage her earlier in the spring but this is one of her favorite places to cool off. There used to be a gorgeous clump of Maidenhair Ferns along the edge but she's trampled them :(
rcn - No, haven't gone for the M. decussata yet. I'd have to tear out the 30-year old yews first in the front of the house. I wonder if I'll ever get to that project. Don't even have a plan on what to plant there. Would definitely have to bring in fresh soil since the area is full of roots and build a short retaining wall to replace timbers.
I did hear a Ken Druse podcast over the weekend about gold foliage, one of things I really rely on for brightening shady areas. You can go to his website - http://www.kendruse.typepad.com/ - and get a list of some great plants.
Cindy, I tore out our yews a couple years ago and it wasn't that bad. And I'm glad I did it!
RCN, that is the cutest pic of Lucy in the pond! How could you ever discourage her when you know she must just love it. Thanks so much for the recommendation last year for 'Misty Lace'. I really love it and it's nice to have something bloom so early. You always know about all the cool plants!
Willie in the birdbath is adorable, too!
This pic is from the other day, in the rain. It's one of my favorite combos in the garden. That grass never seems to grow, but that's actually fine with me...getting kind of crowed in there anyway.
Noreaster ,Beautiful area you have there ,hostas ,astilbes,coralbells . i missed out on some hostas at the r-up,Ive never been into them ,well now Iam seeing them in a different light ,now I want more...
I used a little super phosphate - you don't need much. Highly recommended on another thread last year to encourage blooming. Maybe Snapple suggested it? I think there's also triple phosphate but don't know the difference. Anyway, turns 'Endless Disappointment' into 'Endless Summer'. You should be able to find it just about any garden center.
Whoever called them campanula "porch", I love it. I have them and they are well behaved, increasing just a bit each year.
Weerobin and Noreaster, I envy your gardens. Mine is pretty much a tangle, tho the early daylilies (Eenie Weenie, Happy Returns and good ol' Stella) are out, and--I am so excited--my Canada lilies are almost out! Canada 3, Lily beetles 0.
Noreaster, thanks for the ID! I think we've got Peach Melba in a spot of the gardens but not sure if it's still living. I'd have to check for tags, for all I know it's Crème Brûlé since they both looked alike to me! For some reason the only one from the Dolce series that did well here was 'Licorice'.
Cindy, we've got 'Blue Billow' in another area of the gardens and I can't tell the difference :)
I had hoped to post pictures of my new shade garden this morning but when I tried something was amiss with DG and I kept getting an SQL error? Running out of time this morning so I'll try to post them tomorrow and hopefully have some of the other Shade Garden I've been working on as well!
CindyMzone5 wrote:I used a little super phosphate - you don't need much. Highly recommended on another thread last year to encourage blooming. Maybe Snapple suggested it? I think there's also triple phosphate but don't know the difference. Anyway, turns 'Endless Disappointment' into 'Endless Summer'. You should be able to find it just about any garden center.
Wish I'd known this when I had 'Endless Bummer'...er, I mean 'Endless Summer'...in my old garden. It bloomed pink the first year, which was fine by me, and then never bloomed again. Kind of turned me off to mophead hydrangeas.
I was hoping to have more pictures to show you the area I just finished planting which connects to this area but I was busy weeding yesterday and didn't take the time to grab my camera. I'll start with what I got accomplished the end of May and as soon as I have the other photos I'll post them. This is an area which has been an ongoing project for almost three years! When I started in the fall of 2007 it looked like this, a fairly steep slope from the walk around our pond.
Some of you might have seen these pictures before but it will give you an idea of how the plan progressed :) By late October I had started on steps to go down the slope and installed the Arbor at the top. I ran into problems with the second half of the steps and the project went unfinished until last fall.
Two years later I was finally determined to get the steps finished and start planting! It took a lot of work to dig deeper than I had originally anticipated to get the steps level and by the time I was ready to plant the fall rains arrived. I did manage to get a few Conifers transplanted but the slope was too wet to continue with any planting before winter :(
After a miserable winter with more snow than we've had in years the wet slope was still preventing me from getting an early start this spring :( I worked on other projects until I had time to tackle this area and finally the last week in May was able to get started! The most difficult part was hauling rocks and using them to terrace the slope for planting. Then I had to dig even deeper to level the path from the steps and get started on laying stone and pavers. The only thing I have left to do is add a few more plants to finish the right side, work out a plan for the planting to connect the gardens I'm working on now on the left and get it all mulched!
As soon as I complete the rest of the planting I'll be off and running to plant the "extension" from the walk which will transform from the shady planting into a sunny, drought tolerant planting! Then I'll have an extensive project to connect the "loop" between the steps and the area of my Sitting Deck. It took me a few years to get this area done but I'm hoping the "loop" will be done by next year!
I don't really have any good photos of this area but this is one of the projects I was working on earlier this spring while I was waiting to get started on the slope. I had a couple of chairs I wanted to place under our deck to sit in the shade but the small planting there had suffered over the years and needed a total transformation. I planted Hostas and Ferns, included some rocks and got it mulched so the soil wouldn't wash away which was part of the reason why the original planting suffered.
Wow! What a transformation.
Between you and Doug, it's exhausting just to look at the work you've done.
It really has turned out to be a beautiful garden. It will be interesting to see the plantings mature.
Did you mention there are more pix to come (of the connecting planting)?
Can't wait to see them also.
Don't forget to take time to just sit in one of those chairs and enjoy your beautiful garden!
Kayly - 'Endless Bummer' - LOL
rcn - Beautiful! What a way to handle that slope. The stairs look great and plantings are perfect. I have some stairs going down from the back yard into the "lower garden", made with timbers and pea gravel. The timbers are starting to rot and at some point, will have to be replaced. They have lasted 20 years so I guess we got our money's worth out of them. Definite inspiration in those photos!
Thank you! I'm really enjoying the time I spend sitting on the steps even though it means I'm usually trying to figure out what to plant next!
Weerobin, yes there will be more pictures, I just need to take them! And I do get a chance to sit in the chairs occasionally but my favorite spot to relax lately is at the top of the steps :)
huggergirl, thought maybe you'd like to see a "before" picture of the chairs? I had planned to post a picture on the Trash to Treasures forum :) I found them sitting by the dumpster back in February and grabbed them in a flash! A little unraveling around the legs of one but other than that all they needed was a fresh coat of paint. Thought about painting them cobalt blue or something funky but it didn't fit for this area so decided on the green instead.
Doug, Rick has his own gardens to "play" in - these are all mine :) We're having a slight problem right now. I had a plan for the area which extends out from the end of the path. Of course that was three years ago and in the meantime Rick planted trees and shrubs in the area that weren't included in "my plan"! LOL I've been selecting plants for the area trying to work around his planting and he's protesting my choices :( I had hoped to get the area planted before I leave for Maine next week but this morning I ran into a slight problem when I started digging. I didn't realize how much the area slopes off on one side and I'm going to have to do a lot of digging and leveling before I can extend the path before planting :( I'll just hope he doesn't decide to plant it with "his" choices while I'm gone! LOL
I'll try to get more pictures so I can show you some of "my" areas. The plan is to eventually connect all the dots, so to speak, as I continue the planting :) Weerobin, since you're always introducing me to unique plants with your photos I'll try to remember to take a few close ups of some of the plants I've added that may be of interest to you!
Cindy, I've created quite a few spots to sit in the gardens and the steps might not be the most comfortable but they're my favorite spot at the moment :)
WE have boulders to sit on and ponder Whats Next !!! A great trash find,I love thos .We went cruising today ,they have june clean up days and trash is to be picked up saturday.nothing great to be had...darn,we did get a toilet and a big fiberglass pool of sorts not sure what we will do with that. but here is whats happening with the comode ummm this will be the new comode garden..Not done yet save your giggles for later.I could not resist this.I will post as it goes. I have abig yellow butterfly daisy in the bowl and petunias in the tank.Just got the dirt for the bed .Thinking what to plant in the ground..
LOL, you know there's another thread somewhere, either here or on the other site about KatG's toilet garden. Her toilet was black and filled with purple flowering Petunias and was beautiful!
Well, darn I grabbed my camera to take some pictures yesterday but first click and the battery was exhausted :( I was going to post pictures of my new Welcome Garden so you could get a feel for how the gardens all connect but I'm going to wait until I get the other pictures so I won't confuse you. Battery is charging and hopefully I'll have pictures tomorrow!
ge, we're "following" each other! LOL You can't see it in the photo but there's a Climbing Hydrangea planted on the right to climb up over the arbor. It's only about 2' tall right now but I actually had blooms on it this year! I planted it last fall and even though it will probably take years to reach the top it's already grown about 6" this spring and attaching its little feet to the sides of the arbor :)
I definitely think sun is the answer. I have several scattered around my yard. The ONLY one which blooms significantly gets the most sun. I still like their architectural climbing habit and fresh looking foliage, even without flowers, especially the Brookside Littleleaf. Cute!