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.

Sissinghurst garden updated

This garden area was filled with roses, peonies, delphiniums and monkshood when I moved in last fall.  These plants all make me think of English gardens so I dubbed this garden area ‘Sissinghurst’.  However, by fall it was a plain smudge of green so I’ve added a few more plants in front to carry things through.  I picked them for their foliage colour and texture so that they’ll add interest from spring through fall even when they’re not blooming.

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Front row plants, left to right: golden meadowsweet (small yellow leaves),  a patch of blooming white Canada violet (it was already here and is so pretty right now, but it’s a spreader so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it), 2 dianthus ‘Early Bird Chili’ (fine, grey foliage), asiatic lilies, and a ‘Sunpower’ Hosta (big yellow leaves).

You can’t see them very well yet because I couldn’t bring myself to crop my neighbour’s gorgeous lilacs out of this picture.  🙂  More pictures to come!  I can’t wait to see what colour my peonies are!

Oh, and making a mental note to paint those sprinkler poles white.

To see this garden at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.

the Orchard garden planted

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After a busy gardening week-end, I’m too tired to write much but here’s a quick look at the orchard garden (north-west corner, above).  What’s here?  Left to right-ish: a purple bugbane, coral bells ‘Red Sea’, variegated Solomon’s seal, 3 deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Evans cherry tree, 5 sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, 3 spirea ‘Dakota Goldcharm’, haskap ‘Aurora Borealis’, green onions, and rhubarb.

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South-west corner, above: Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’, 3 sedum ‘Matrona’, coral bells, 3 deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, dwarf cedar ‘Hetz Midget’, Evans cherry tree, 2 bergenia, 2 Boman’s root, Lady’s Mantle.

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

the Sunset Garden planted

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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:

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

Not a bad start, don’t you think?