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.
æMake pretty plant markers. A fun little project for the first day out in the garden is to make a set of pretty plant markers. . . . if you want to get fancy, try painting plain garden stakes with whatever leftover paint you have at hand, and then use alphabet stamps to label them. craftsman landscape by Lucy Call
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.