Most of the time has been trying to "manage" the yard, learn the plant names, how to care for them, and just enjoy what we have. Unfortunately, the previous owners never gave us any pictures or plant information so we're really in the dark on most things. For instance, I may know I have a heuchera but what kind? No clue.
The front yard was gorgeous, but the backyard? Well, I think it might have been neglected or something because it never looked nice.
So I am so tickled pink that I have just planted my very first garden that's all mine.
Enter the Backyard Fence Garden:When we moved in, there was nothing of real significance here. I know there were some black eyes susans, but we accidentally pulled them out from the left side of the garden thinking they were weeds. I tried to add something, so I added a wild geranium from my first native plant sale (still there, didn't kill it).
Last year, my grandpa gave me a tall grass to plant there, and I transplanted a hosta (which definitely likes this new home better). There were also some re-seeded rudbeckia and purple echinicea, and maybe some phlox growing. The geranium was still there.
So I found a fence garden in the Tribune and like a recipe, I adapted it to my own taste, because I wanted to keep some of the existing plants.
- a fringed bleeding heart (dicentra luxurient)
- another geranium (Cranesbill geranium/ geranium sanguineum "Max Frei")
- 2 clustered Bellflowers (Campanula glomerata 'Acaulis')
- and a Boxwood (Buxus Microphylla 'Green Mountain').
I also transplanted from other parts of the yard:
- 4 heuchera (2 coral bells and 2 purple ones)
- an Astilbe
- 2 Irises
- and some daylillies.
Here's what it looks like now.
Not a great picture, but I'll update it as it grows bigger.