My Garden is full of smaller gardens that each have names. Many of these names were based on the trees that once grew there. I am again giving this newest make over a tree name, River Birch Garden.
Here are a couple of before pictures.
If you approach from the North side of the blackberry patch this is what you would have seen through the arbor. I think about this area more now that the compost has been moved into this back corner. I walk by quite often.As the River Birch and Lime light Hydrangea etc etc grew the more sun loving plants had mostly succumbed to the shade. I dug out the small daylilies, bronzed fennel, irises etc...
I had some huge clumps of Sagae Hosta that were suffering from too much sun since the Apple Tree came down a couple of years ago. I didn't have a place to move them until now. I had to divide them and cut back all the sun scorched leaves. They looked small after the major trim.
If you look at the above photo you can see the one stepping stone that the moles refuse to let lay flat. I only have stepping stones here because the dogs tear around this corner and keep the grass/weeds from growing.
I had to add a couple steps due to it being a no grow area. Almost as soon as I turned my back the mole ran under the original stone. I guess I will have to accept this as the way it will be.
As you come around the back side (from the South) you can see how much neater this area looks. You can also see that I used some bricks to edge this area. I will either squash them down a little further to hide the holes or hopefully the soil will fill in around them.
A little closer look and the left side.
For a cottagey gardener I think I did a fair job of not over planting. I did add some Mouse Ears hostas up front as an edging. On the left is a new to me Hellebore 'Wedding Bells'. It has a double white bloom. I can't wait to see it.
This would be the right side.
If we step back and let the sun shine in...
We see the real star of this area, the River Birch which will give us shade during summer months and have this beautiful exfoliating bark all winter. Now if I can just stop adding plants.
How about you? Do you find it difficult to stop adding plants to a newly developed area?