September close-ups in the Courtyard Garden

Heliopsis is attracting butterflies:IMG_0878

Switchgrass ‘Prairie Fire’ is lacy and elegant:

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and the Oso Easy roses ‘Paprika’ are still blooming their hearts out:

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Courtyard Garden after 1 year

There was nothing but a big ol’ spruce tree here when we moved in one year ago.  It’s been a lot of work but this front Courtyard Garden is almost done!  The soil is terrible so I amended each hole as I planted stuff back in spring, and now I am just finishing off by mulching with black bark chips and compost.  The bark mulch went in spots where there are open spaces like at the base of the hedge and around the bird bath (below), and compost went everywhere else – eventually I’d like all bark chips but I’m going to mulch with compost for a few years first to try to improve the soil.

Here’s the view from the driveway:

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As you walk towards the front door:

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From the front steps:

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Looking the other way:

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And most importantly, from the living room:

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To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.

the Front Courtyard garden in progress

It doesn’t look like much yet, but here’s the Front Courtyard garden so far.  It’s hard to believe there used to be a spruce tree here, isn’t it?!  Isn’t this much more interesting to look at? (Even if it’s not finished yet?)

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I have learned my lesson over the years that to keep my big garden more low maintenance, I need to remember to plant shrubs, not just flowering perennials.  There are some bird’s nest spruce here which will eventually fill more space but not get too big:

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Here’s looking the other way with 2 yellow genista shrubs in bloom:

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And here’s the view from the house (one of my most important design considerations!):

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To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.