Building a New Garden

I just finished a nice-sized garden for a friend and wanted to share the process with everyone.  Here is what the space looked like when we started…

As you can see there is no garden, just lawn.  My friends had a specific design in mind for the new garden.  They wanted a break between the porch and the yard, since there is no railing, multiple levels of plants, and color all season long.  Oh, and the ground needed to be raised near the house and sloped away since flooding can be a problem in their area.  This meant adding a good 4 to 6 inches of soil in a large part of the garden to build it up and create a slope away from the house.

The first task was removing the grass.  The outline of the garden took shape once the grass was gone.  Then, as plants were added soil was also, to bring the ground up to the desired level.

I put together a design that offered tall plants on the flanks and smaller plants in the middle so as not to block their big front window.  I also included a multitude of bulbs for the spring and perennials for the entire season.  Many of the plants are evergreen or offer winter interest.

Here is the garden now, after the plants were installed and the ground graded…

On the far right is a Cotinus ‘Grace’, under which is Carex ‘Ice Dance’.  The three round shrubs are boxwoods and tucked in the back is a barberry ‘Rose Glow’.  The large shrub on the left is Viburnum ‘Mohican’, which is surrounded by daylilies on the left and Siberian iris on the right.  There is a small shrub in the front that is hard to see, oak leaf hydrangea.

There are many other perennials, including Sedum, Hellebore, Campanula, HostaPeonies, Grasses, and ground covers like Lamb’s ear, creeping buttercup, chameleon plant, and periwinkle.  And under all those perennials are many spring blooming bulbs.  We chose Tulip ‘Cashmir’, Corydalis ‘Greg Baker’, and Narcissus ‘Segovia’ for one area; Camassia accented with Muscari ‘Blue Magic’ for another area; and Triteleia ‘Starlight’ to accent the Hellebore mix.  Oh, and there is a carpet of 100 Crocus “Cloth of Gold’.  They will have flowers from the bulbs all spring and as that foliage dies away the summer perennials will take over.  Next year is going to be stunning for them.  I will be sure to post pictures as things start to bloom.

Hope you enjoyed the before and after pictures, it was an exciting project to design and install.  As always let me know what you think, comment or suggest, I am up for anything.

GG

 

More of the Midwest Gardeniere

Great news everyone!  There are more new Gardeniere videos online to watch.  I want to thank everyone for spreading the word and for all the compliments.  Filming has been very exciting and rewarding.

A few posts ago I showed some pictures of the projects we worked on early this fall.  The newest video shows how I planned and put together a fall themed garden design using accents in the color blue. Click here to watch on YouTube or go to my Midwest Gardeniere page and push play.

The other new Gardenieres video talks about sun and shade plants in rail planters that I designed early this summer.  It’s a great transformation from tired withered plants to colorful summer flowers filling up the planters.  Again, click here watch or go to my Midwest Gardeniere page and push play.

I’ve been talking about a design project for a while now and that’s what I’ve been working on this past week.  I took an empty front yard and turned it into multi-season garden.  Tune in for the next post to get all the details and before and after photos!

Thanks so much for your support.  I love to hear comments and suggestions so send them my way.

GG

Fall Gardening

It may seem that the garden season is winding down but this is a great time to be gardening.  There is much to do in this cool wet weather.  It’s the perfect time to divide and transplant.  If you find you have extra plants, there is always a neighbor that can use them.  Do some trading and next year you’ll have more to show.

It is also a good time to plant trees and shrubs.  I will be posting pictures and plans for a project that is being installed next week that has seven big plants and hundreds of bulbs going in.

There is still plenty of time to plant bulbs.  As long as the ground is not frozen you can get the bulbs in and they will bloom in the spring.  We’ll talk about planting bulbs in a future post.

This leads me to remind everyone about their garden journal.  We talked a while back about documenting your garden in every season.  Go back and look at your spring photos and notes.  Where do you want to add plants?  Where do you have bulbs that you need to be aware of when transplanting?  What areas in the summer, and even now, need work that you can address so next year you reap the benefits?  See, so much to do still!

Any fall projects you would like to hear about or talk about let me know and I’ll post. Enjoy this blustery and exciting time of year and come back to see the how the big install is coming along.