I have been enjoying sitting on the previously rarely used patio ever since I planted the shade garden on the north side of the house. I really wanted to plant a tree or shrub on top of the stone wall, something smallish like a redbud, witch hazel or viburnum. But there's really not enough room. I could plant something below the wall, in the lawn, but that would close in my small yard. So I decided on a row of four Green Mountain boxwood, with a Countess de Bouchard clematis climbing the deck post, and plants below the wall.
I transplanted a Graham Thomas rose, dwarf Hameln ornamental grass and daylilies from the front Heritage Garden. They had all been crowded out. I'm not sure what colors the daylilies are; the pieces got mixed up so it could be a combination of yellow, burgundy and orangey-red. I'll probably have to move things around next summer. I also transplanted pale yellow foxglove from the back garden. I love them and it'll be a nice clump, next to the rose, which is a warm pale yellow. I also transplanted a big clump of Shasta daisies from the back garden. I did buy a Montauk daisy and Concorde Japanese barberry on sale.
|Yellow foxgloves are on the lower left.|
|The grass had become even more dwarf due to crowding.|
Here are the sad looking plants post-planting. You can see the circle created by the former barberry, with hostas surrounding it.
A before shot during a misguided "blue house" period. I had chopped this bush down previously a few years ago when my co-worker, who had been laid off, thought he would build me stairs off the deck.