Front Yard 2.0

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The reinvention of my front yard is a continuing–and far from complete –endeavor. But I’m making progress. In Front Yard Fiasco, I wrote about my frudstrations in trying to create distinctive and welcoming yet low maintenance space in a narrow area bounded by a wooded slope. Now I’ve got part of it done. Part of it…that’s always the problem.

You see, I’m one of those easily distracted gardeners and typically have multiple new projects–this season’s include a big pond about 45×20, a smaller pond 8×12 or so, a waterfall to link them, an outdoor aviary, a massive hemlock plank picnic table, etc. Plus ongoing garden maintence. Starting a new project is easy peasy-finishing it is often another matter. Anyway, I’ve made enough progress out front to post, since many readers of my past post on the topic asked for updates. I wanted everything sleek and simple. Since so much of the gardens are intensively planted, I felt I needed some areas for relief. Lawn works, but I didn’t want to maintain it out there. So the gravel was ideal. Yes, I’ll utimately get weeds, but hey, my dragonlike flame weeder clears big areas in a jiffy, so, no sweat there.

                                                                                                                                                                        To give the whole scene a little seasonal oomph, I added a collection of pots, many planted with tropicals to echo themes elsewhere in the garden. It also made the perfect location for the many white and concrete pots I have. It’s always bugged my me that they go so poorly with the terra cotta or colored glaze pots which make up the bulk of my collection. It’s all starting to make sense. Next step: planting the foundation beds which I cleared, enriched, and built up before laying down the gravel. Boxwoods, lots of them, to one day be pruned into cumulus cloud-like shapes. That’s the next chapter.

Steve Silk

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Carol August 3, 2008, 11:27 pm

Well I would say you are off to a magnificent start! Greta things take time and often it seems best to make some progress and let it settle a bit before moving forward.
Tonight I am just back from touring 4 private gardens in the Southern Berkshires and am chocked full of inspiration…. for another year!!
Hope your summer is going well.
Carol in Mass.
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Thanks Carol. BTW, were those Garden Conservancy Open Days gardens? You must be somewhat nearby; I’m always looking for new good gardens to see. –Steve

Fern R August 4, 2008, 12:18 am

Oooh, what a neat way to use fuchsias!

Hi Fern–Actually those are Bonfire begonias. If you’re unfamiliar with them, I suggest you check some out right away. They are awesome flowering machines thought some may take offense at the orangey cast to its reddish blooms. A gaudy garden candidate?–Steve

Jan, Always Growing August 4, 2008, 8:02 am

Looks like your planning has paid off. Your front yard does look sleek and simple just as you wanted.

Jan
Always Growing

Thanks Jan–It’s going in the right direction–finally!–Steve

Frances August 4, 2008, 3:35 pm

It is looking sleek and simple. The gravel is a good choice. I have found that seedlings of beloved plants germinate in the gravel better than in the beds sometimes. Nice cool root runs and moisture retentive. So before you light up the dragon, check for desirables!

Actually I’m hoping not much will grow in that gravel, but should anything pop up I am sure to retrieve it and move it to a more desirable spot. I seem genetically unable to toss a decent plant into the compost.–Steve

Lisa at Greenbow August 4, 2008, 6:49 pm

Nothing more satisfying than to get a project under way. I can’t wait to see the plantings. I love the hardscape.

Thanks Lisa, I too can’t wait to see the plantings. For better or worse, this is but one of a number of big projects undertaken this season–and none are done yet.–Steve

Blackswampgirl Kim August 11, 2008, 10:03 pm

Looks great so far, Steve! And I’m glad that I’m not the only gardener who gets in way over her head in terms of projects… right now I have so many going at once that none of them are getting done satisfactorily, either.

Hmmm..projects…a lot at one time…over my head…may be a post in there. Thanks the idea, and the kind words.–Steve