We began a small project about 3 weeks ago.
Little project grewwwwwwwwww!
you are my hero.
just don't let my wife see these pictures....
What you have done looks incredibly inviting. I love the look of those paths you created.
Wow, I'm so glad I found this thread. I responded to you on the other thread but you only had that one picture. This is amazing! As I mentioned, hostas are gorgeous, easy shade plants and the other suggestion was a small boulder with toad lily growing over it. Astilbe is a shade plant that doesn't take up much room and it comes in beautiful colors. Try this company for some great woodland shade plants. The owner, Gene, is wonderful to work with and I have been extremely pleased with the plants I have ordered from them. http://davesgarden.com/gwd/c/46/
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I am making my stones. I purchased a mold from Lowes. It takes one 60lb back or concrete mix per 2'x2' set of stones. Since the stones are seperate, you can make curves and angels. It has been much fun. So far we have layed down 45 bags of concrete with 30 more to go before we call it done for the winter. I want to make more paths along the creek next spring. Grass does not grown out there. However, the ground is covered in the spring with little pink wildflowers. Here is a before shot of the area we are working on. This was taken in late August, just before we started laying the stones.
A mold huh? Sounds incredibly creative to me. I don't have a Lowes around me but they said they were going to be building one. I love your paths.
Say, thanks for the link to Munchkin Gardens. I'll go check them out.
BEAUTIFUL MsMaati..... and how wonderful of your hubby to help..... I've seen those molds and always wondered how well they worked and how well it held up ...... All projects start as just a little project ..... My money this year went into River Rock to create my garden areas but maybe next year I can lay some paths like these....... Thanks for sharing
Oh THANK YOU!
It doesn't look nearly as scary and overwhelming with the photos!
Oh My! This is my first look at this forum and I'm in awe! What a wonderful area you have created.
It sounds totally backbreaking but totally sensational.
Thank you Liz. It was a lot of work but we enjoyed it and I am looking forward to expanding it in the spring.
Beautiful, MsMaati :) Well done. Did you make DH a pie or rub his back after all that?! lol :) Wanted to suggest leatherleaf viburnum as a lovely shade plant. Pretty spring blooms and lovely fall color. Will take full shade. Don't know if it's in the PDB or not. Keep us updated!
Leatherleaf viburnum is in the PDB. I typed "Leatherleaf Viburnum" just like that with quotes and all. Copperbaron has some nice pics. PDB says sun to partial shade, but I checked a shade gardening book here and it says the shrub will take full shade as well, but partial shade is preferred. Shrubs make good focal points (although your patio seating is a strong one) and they also take up some room with minimal care if chosen correctly. Happy gardening :)
-- Hugs (Jacci)
Thank you, I will look at that plant. (my daughter's name is Jaci) lol
Wellll, now MsMaati .. I'm most curious .. as to why you haven't sent us any updated pics .. of, yet .. another most beautiful garden area .. that I/(we) can go 'virtually' strollin' thru every now and again ? ..
THAT .. has apparently been quite a wee lil undertaking for the two of you (hee).. But, my oh my .. hasn't it turned out beautiful .. and seemingly well worth the effort and labor!?!?! .. wow! ..
Bet that area is some mitey purtily dressed in its latest winter attire, by now .. Sure'd be nice to 'lay eyes' on it, just drenched in snow .. (hint, hint?) .. hee
Jes a simply beautful 'shade' garden !
Wow, what a difference a season makes! Is that a creek in the foreground?
Yes it sure does. Yes that is a creek. It is dry most of the year. Only flowing on big rains and in season of snow melts. Most of the summer it is bone dry.
I was thinking I never noticed it in the previous pictures so I went back and looked. Guess the angle pictures were taken from never included the creek. It is lovely.
Thanks, yes the angle is different plus the creek was full of leaves. The last fall picture shows 4 steps and the leaves now only three steps because of the water.
I just came here from your other thread, great job, looks really nice, waiting for spring to see your new pics, Annie
Well the new season begins. We plan to add another flower bed in our shady garden. It has grown each year. Here is a spring picture of the first bed that we built. I need to get out there and grab the grass out of my walk but the spring bloomers are looking ok. I am still using the same mold for our walks. I will post more later if you are interesting in seeing more.
Inspireing,keep up the progress,your ideas rub off.Mike
Yes, please post more pictures! You have created such a lovely spot.
Oh, I would so love to walk that path. You've done a beautiful job!
You are so lucky to have this much space!
Thank you all for all of your kind remarks.
I have finally gotten a hold on the weeds and done some of my spring planting. Here are a few of the pictures that I took this morning.
If you are interested in a list of the plants in each bed let me know.
I would say that 75% of this area would be considered shade and some of it even full shade.
Our neighbors took out two of their deteriorating trees this spring so I may get a small amount of partial shade this year. I am trying a couple of plants that need a little sun. We will see.