Howdy All. I hope your week went well. In between rain storms, I’ve been busy the past few weeks in the yard. As we drive down the street and come to our house, this side can be seen, and was barren until I added this landscaping. I’m not a fan of straight edges, so I created some curves.
With a measuring tape and the garden blocks, I planned the new bed.
Then it was time for sod busting. The soil is full of rocks, and it was back breaking work. It took me a week with lots of breaks to bust it up and remove the sod. Then I set the blocks in place and dumped top soil on it.
I wanted to hide the drain and sprinkler system pipes with Spiderwort, so I divided the one in my butterfly garden by digging around it and sawing a chuck off. Then I divided that chunk into 2 pieces.
It was a bit limp for a few days, but with all the rain here it perked up. Its a wildflower, so I’m assuming that it’s a tough gal. I’ve read that you’re not supposed to put mulch up against your foundation because it might draw termites. So I added a row of river rock between the wall and the mulch. I don’t know if that’s good enough, but I tried. Notice the large rock next to the spiderwort? I dug that up while sod busting. I didn’t know what to do with it, so it became garden decor.
In the center of the garden I put an Emerald Green Arborvitae, which should grow to about 10 feet tall. On each side of it are dwarf Alberta Spruces which should reach a height of 6 feet tall in a decade or so. They grow really slow, so the arborvitae in the center will always be taller.
I added 2 Nandina’s which will be a beautiful red in the fall. Also there is a Hosta Patriot and Hosta Blue Angel, since this side only gets late morning light. For a little color I planted some Coleus.
I added an Alberta Spruce next to the garage, too. There’s a saying about shrubs: 1st year sleep, 2nd year creep, 3rd year leap. I might have to widen the garden later, but for now I’m done.
How about some new blooms in the butterfly garden? There were 6 Stella D’Oro plants already in the garden when we moved in. They are huge. And the first flower has just bloomed.
The Hyssop Agastache is just starting to open. It will bloom all summer. It’s one of my favorite perennials. In the background you can see some lamb’s ears. I don’t care for it’s look. I had planted some Hollyhock seeds behind them last month and they’re sprouting. So I’ve been busy digging out the lamb’s ears.
Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, is starting to open, too. They add vibrant color to the garden.
English Lavender is starting to bloom, too. It will smell so good.
My butterfly garden is getting more colorful as the season progresses, and the bees are already busy.