Self-seeded arugla in front of Coppertina ninebark shrub:


with blue veronica, orange coreopsis and  white persicaria flowering in the background; silver artemesia to the right.


Exciting! I think this may be the first picture I’ve taken of my new garden where you can’t see soil between all the plants. Things are getting bigger but it’s really mostly about the angle. 😉

the Sunset Garden, June 2017


This garden has been in place for a month now, and so far the hares haven’t touched anything except the artemesia, yarrow, and iceland poppy (see this past post for more plant details).  These are all pretty vigorous plants so if the rabbits only munch these occasionally and leave everything else alone, I will be more than happy.

A friend asked me if I would use mulch, and I will, but I’ve already thought of a few tweaks I’d like to make – a plant to move here, a tree to add there.  So I will have to live with a bit of a weedy garden for a few more months – it’s easier to put mulch down after the planting is done.  Plus I’m still tired from my May new-garden-making marathon.  No more planting/moving until fall.


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

the Sunset Garden planted


Closer to the house is not finished yet, but here’s a sneak peak at the new front garden.

Front row, left to right:  daylily ‘Frans Hal’; juniper ‘Blue Arrow’; maltese cross; 3 ‘Orangeade’ potentilla; orange geum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’; yellow cushion spurge; silver artemesia ‘Valerie Finnis’.

Just a few short days ago it looked like this:


… and to see it going further back, click here and scroll down.

Not a bad start, don’t you think?

the Sunset Garden 2016

I wish I could show you what this front yard (above) looks like in my head.  It doesn’t have a lopsided spruce tree which is jammed in between my and my neighbour’s houses, I can tell ya that much right now.  It also doesn’t have such a big blanket of smooth, green, boring grass.  Rather, it is bordered by fruit-producing trees and shrubs, as well as many drought-tolerant grasses and flowering perennials.

When I moved into this house in late September 2016, we made a start by digging up a bit of grass and filling the area with a Coppertina ninebark, some helenium, daylilies, grasses and a few other red-, yellow-, and orange-flowered perennials.


It will have an analogous colour scheme of red-orange, orange, and orange-yellow:


And here’s what this garden looks like right now:


but in 2 more years I want it to look much more like this, my old front garden in Calgary, with lots of shrubs and perennials filling it in and NO TURF GRASS:


I believe I have some work to do!!