The Knot Garden is no more. It all began last year when the Euonymus was deemed an invasive plant and had to come out.
While I cogitated about what to do here this winter the severity of the winter removed some of the boxwoods. This gave me even more to think about.
This area is looking quite bare especially after I pulled out the dead and dying boxwoods. I realized I didn't really like seeing the shed as I entered the back garden through the side gate. Thinking about this I decided I needed a whole new look with a small tree here. Oh, and all of these lycoris squamigera have to be rehomed.
I found a sweet little Dogwood 'Celestial Shadow' and planted it in the center of the Circle Garden. I found the dogwood just as the full moon was about to happen this month. I hope this is a good omen for this tree and it will grow well here. Now all of those boxwoods need new homes and the huge Daturas have to go.
Voile, the Circle Garden. Around this circle there are six paths that converge here.
I moved a few big rocks into the circle. Each path has a different view of the circle. This dwarf Thuja, below right and I have lost the information about which one it is, has been half hidden under an Oakleaf Hydrangea that spread. I hope it likes it's new home.
I made it so there is some nice shrublet or rock or both to see from each path as you approach the Circle Garden.
The Serbian Spruce is one of my favorites.
I left a couple of the boxwoods in place. The largest rock I had to have my DB help me move as it is so heavy I can't budge it by myself.
The other rocks aren't so big but they hold their own.
A lot of empty space here. While I like the less is more idea in theory empty space makes me nervous.
I am pleased by the way this is looking. When you enter from the side gate you can no longer look straight through to the shed so I am pleased with that and as the 'Celestial Shadow' Dogwood fills out it will block even more of the shed.
My most often seen view of this area is from the kitchen door.
I have to say I like it yet, those empty spaces keep nagging me. I doubt these empty spaces will be here for long. If I find some more dwarf conifers I would be tempted to plant them here, or some sort of ground cover. We will see what shows up.
Do you like those open spaces in your garden? Or like me are you compelled to plant up those empty places?