The new back garden is enjoying all of this summer rain we have been having. What a joy! I have hardly worried about watering, and the new trees and plants have been happy to have all of these good ol' soakings. I've been taking the extra time that I'm saving from watering and drawing up my front garden design. It will have to come in a few phases but progress is progress. The fence has been built and now I just have to wait for cooler weather to start applying my plans.
Please bare with me and my child like drawings. I'm good at gardening but now drawing. LOL.
So first there will be a line of gravel along the house. This will catch rain water coming off the roof. The beds will start after. The foundation bed will be 2 mirror image parterres. Winter Green boxwood will be planted in a row to create a box.
Inside the boxwood square will be 3 Coned Hollies lined like little soldiers.
Sunny Knock Out Roses (yellow) will be planted along the inside of the fence. Winter Green Boxwoods (green) will run in front of the roses. Like the picture below. The difference being the rose color. An example of Sunny Knock Out is shown below. They are a yellow/ cream blooming rose.
St Augustine grass will cover the rest of the lawn inside the fence.
On the outside of the fence, 3 trees will be planted. I'm leaning towards Muskogee Crape Myrtle. I love Crape's apparently. In my last garden I had 10 Natchez planted. So far, I have planted 5 Sioux Crape Myrtles in the back garden of this place. I'm trying to do something different but my heart keeps bringing me back to them. Muskogee Crape Myrtle trees grow to 30 feet tall. Here they are planted in a row much like I would do.
However, I was inspired by this front lawn. Those are 4 Gingko Biloba Trees. They will grow much slower and eventually get much bigger than the Crape Myrtle. I love the look they bring to this garden and can see the potential with them in my own.
Eventually, I plan to have all of the grass removed under the trees and plant the enitre thing. But for now, the St. Augustine will stay. I am going to make a ring around each tree and under plant it with Liriope or Mondo Grass. The trees will determine which. Crape with Liriope. Gingko with Mondo Grass.
Ok, so that is about all I have planned for now. I do eventually want to plant hollies on the outside of my driveway and mirror them on the left side of the fence. This is just the basic plan and as I have learned with gardening, it will most definitely evolve.
The blank slate. Stay tuned for the transformation!!!!