It was an Intro class, and one that's mandatory for the Arboretum's Home Gardening certificate, so we covered a lot of ground. I really did learn a lot, and it gave me the time to focus on designing our backyard patio -- a project I always had problems starting never knowing if I was doing it right.
So here was my plan by the end of the class --I have a small backyard (50x30) -- small for the suburbs at least-- I was completely inspired by the Arboretum's small Reading garden off the library, which is a small space with room for small plant beds, a table and chairs, a water feature, and pergola area.
- I can't recreate the actual stone walls, so I chose to mimic the walls using a shrub border. Something that will spill between the picket fence especially since my fence is ON the lot line.
- I don't want to use gravel (like the Arb did). but I would like the large squares of bluestone to match the house. And then carve two beds out on the opposite ends (by the window and the tree).
- The blue water fountain I got for Christmas will be in one of the garden beds.
- And the Amur Maple will serve as the "roof"
- We want to cover the screen porch with a real roof, so I want to extend the pergola rails out over the patio with a vine
- Add a shrub to cover the utility pole and compost pile - and add stepping stones to the compost pile.
- Finally, redo the garden beds along the fence.
We've been trying to plan this patio for 2 years now, so now Matt is ready to break ground tomorrow! But no, not yet...