We moved from 3 acres to an @ .33 acre "village" lot. Stage 1 of landscaping included adding a deck, short stacked stone planting beds around the front of the home, & an herringbone brick entry walk with stairs. Stage 2 plans include turning the fenced area off of the deck into a secret garden. I envision lush perennial garden, complemented by shrubs and small trees, with patio, walkways, waterfall & pond, and seat-height stacked stone walls surrounding multiple planting beds.
Glorious!!! Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia): versatile, drought-tolerant and super low-maintenance stunner! Will bloom up to 15 weeks even in hot, sunny sites. Fragrant flowers work well near pathways. Great companion plantings include daylilies, salvia, dianthus, Japanese anemone, boltonia, orange coneflower and sedum.
LOVE this idea: no weeds for two years!! The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.
'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low', zones 4 to 8). A weed-smothering ground cover. Sweetly scented foliage and clear lavender flowers are trademarks, and it thrives in lean soil and sun. This "cat" grows to about 3 feet high and wide, and it's wise to give it that much space to spread out, because it may shade out other, less competitive plants.
Baptisia (Baptisia australis and cultivars, zones 3 to 9). 'False indigo' grows well in average to poor soil, in full sun to part shade, it makes its own nitrogen, and has a taproot (should plant it in one spot permanently). This variety is 'Twilite Prairieblues'. Its flowers are purple, yellow at the base, & its foliage turns a gorgeous steely blue. At 3 to 4 feet high and wide, baptisias pop in lean sites that won't support shrubs. (by Andrew Keys)
The mounded forms and spires of the perennials, ornamental grasses and inkberry work beautifully. Waves of color from different plants bloom throughout the season, while glossy and silvery leaves provide contrast for most of the year. The plant selection includes Russian sage, giant alliums, salvia and white peonies.
This small space features 2 flagstone patios (upper & lower), stucco retaining walls, raised planters,fire bowls and fire table. The sweet water feature features a series of basalt towers sitting on a bed of black Mexican beach pebbles. The landscaping & outdoor lighting complete the package. www.landandwaterd...
Detail of bluestone patio design. This "secret garden" landscape design is composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. The result is a small, suburban garden which feels both expansive and intimate. Japanese forest grass softens the edge of the terrace and adds a modern look.