I walk you through my garden projects and share tips so you can create your own garden sanctuary.
I wanted to expand my lawn and garden space so devised a plan to clear the overgrowth. Instead of hiring a backhoe to dig everything out (too expensive), I decided on a DIY two year plan. I decided to bake the weeds.
I recently moved some hosta that was squished between other large plants. The bed was crowded and unattractive and the plants had no more space to grow. From one over-grown clump of hosta I divided off nine separate plants, leaving two good sized ones behind.
Spring may be my favorite season but fall is a close second. I love the cool weather, changing colors and transformation of nature into winter hibernation . . . This fall I focused on pruning my shrubs and trees and planting bulbs for spring.
I bought my house in January so it wasn't until the snow melted that I saw I had a huge electrical box in my front yard. It looked awful. I was disappointed but soon came up with a plan to hide it. I decided to ring the box with decorative grasses. I wanted to experiment with grasses and was excited to have the chance.
In spring 2012, I decided to build a stone patio off the side of my deck. I wanted a place for my grill and an additional seating area at ground level. There was a 100 sq. foot area to the left of the deck, under the kitchen window. It was the perfect spot.
I am excited about building my vertical garden next spring. The more I learn about it, the more fascinated I become. There seem to be endless ways to grow up a wall. Sometimes a wall isn't even necessary. I love the dress.
When I was growing up hosta had plain green leaves and lavender colored flowers. It was a hardy shade plant that was easy to grow. The problem was that this hosta was boring. It made a good back drop for more interesting shade plants or as filler in hard to grow places but it was too plain, too green.
At my previous house I turned an overgrown side of the garage into a fantastic shade garden. I used plants I bought from the local garden club plant sale. When I moved, I was able to bring many of the plants with me. I put them in a temporary bed while I figured out where to plant them. Almost a year later I was ready to plant my new shade garden.
This year May has become synonymous with mulch and mulch with May. As my gardens have expanded, so has my time spent mulching. I tend to forget this correlation when I am digging a new bed. It usually dawns on me as I finish planting and survey my excellent new space.
We love all things tiny . . . tiny humans, tiny houses, tiny versions of our favorite foods. Why not create tiny gardens too? As a childhood dollhouse owner and lover of anything miniature, this idea was made for me. When my sister gave me the sweetest mini garden bench, I was excited to create my tiniest garden yet.
I decided to turn a steep, otherwise unused, slope into a rock garden. The rocks would stabilize the soil and keep the plants in place. I started small and used rocks from my yard. I planted dwarf iris, primrose, hens & chicks, sedum, bloodroot and mini hosta.
My shade garden is under a huge tree at the back of my yard. I have planted flowers among the exposed tree roots. The roots make separate areas or mini gardens within the larger space. I have always loved that. A path ran through the garden allowing me to enjoy the plants. The problem was the path just ended abruptly, it was a path to nowhere.
I did it! After eight years I installed a permanent path though my beloved shade garden. It is no longer a dirt track covered with upstart plants. As weeding my path had been necessary and ridiculous, I've longed to build one that would last. Now I have a path that is attactive, strong and DOES NOT NEED TO BE WEEDED!
My mind immediately envisioned gaping holes in my lawn with all of the new grass torn up. I asked him how he planned to remove the stumps and he said by chopping them to pieces with an ax. When I heard the word ax I began to understand what was happening.
In the spring I planted pansies by my front steps. They looked great until we were well into summer and they became small and spindly. I realized that the house was lacking curb appeal and decided to give it a summer make-over.
I wanted to turn the empty space into a focal point so I decided to go up a wall. I did this by installing three over-sized trellises. They had to be custom built in order to be tall enough to fill the space.
I want to create a green wall, or in my case, part of a wall. I saw my first vertical garden in Madrid in 2008. I was really impressed by the results of what would have been a challenge to create. The wall was just stunning.