Beautiful. You have so many of my favorites, and the natural setting is perfect. I love how you used the rocks and seating (love the blue bench and the adirondack chair grouping). Pretty purple siberian iris and clematis growing on the trellis too. My eye caught a glimpse of something in one of your blue bench photos - magnified it and discovered a horse admiring your gardens too LOL! Terri
No Cindy, I'm close to being finished with the hardscape. Just maintenance now...and adding more plants!! It's so much fun to get up there and mess around, then show it off to amazed friends that it's only about 2.5 years old.
After living here for 20 years this month I don't think I'd enjoy gardening on flat ground. The elevation change gives it a lot of character. Already told everyone, when I'm too old to walk anymore I want a 4 wheel drive Hoveround so I can still get up on that hill!!
This is what it looked like on April 18th 2009.
I just got around to looking over your pix. Wow, what a great space you've created!
It's so much fun at this point filling in a bunch of plants. I'm way jealous.
I can't resist buying more plants, but then have to wrestle with where to find a spot for them.
Then they're overcrowded, etc. Your way looks much more organized.
I particularly loved the blue iris, by the way. You'll need to keep us updated as you fill in.
My garden is also a shaded hillside and I've got significant erosion problems.
The paths I started with gradually migrate down hill, along with the plants.
It's hard finding a groundcover which grows well enough to prevent erosion without being totally invasive and overwhelming the other plants. Have you figured that part out?
Or is your hillside terraced enough to avoid the problem?
I don't have an erosion problem at all. I guess the stone terracing does help with that but even before I converted that hillside into what it is today there wasn't much of an issue with it. There's only a couple of spots where natural gullies are that I get any runoff during a very heavy rain and then I have wet weather springs shooting water out of the ground! I'm convinced there's a huge underground cave/river system below the area. Across the road from me my neighbor has a vegetable garden that gets crawdad holes all over it and I get them sometime in my front yard. I told him that one day he'd probably have an underground house whether he wanted it or not... There's a lot of pretty good sized sinkholes further back in the field behind him.
Doug, Glad you don't have much of a slug problem. I had to resort to slug pellets several years ago. I use the "supposedly" wildlife and pet safe ones and if I start early in the spring the pellets keep them pretty much in check. Thanks for posting your photos so we can enjoy the walk around your place. You did a marvelous job on the design.
I'd love to see pics of your water feature when you get it installed. DH and I always talked about it since we have some inclines down to the lower garden but have never gotten around to it. I wanted to keep it super natural though.
Doug, like your garden could be any more beautiful. This project looks like the icing on the cake. I have a gardener friend that added dry creek beds and a dry waterfall in her garden and that worked well for her as she loves working with rock. I put in two tiny little dry ponds with rock and plants---the easy way out. LOL ...looking forward to seeing the finished project or better yet would like to also see it in progress.
It will probably be another month or two before I even start the digging, but I plan on taking plenty of pics during the entire construction process. It will be about 45-50 feet in length with a vertical drop of around 12 feet and a width varying between 1.5 and 3 feet.