Hello Grows on You Community, I am a gardener who loves to play in the dirt. My husband and I live in a tiny shotgun house in the artsy, Cooper Young neighborhood in Memphis, TN. When we moved in two years ago, there was no fence and just 2 small patches of grass. Since our 2 labs have the run of the back yard, I decided the front yard would be my special place.
I had all the grass taken out, (thought my DH would faint), laid down tons of newspaper (to kill the weed seeds) and brought in a load of composted soil. The fence went up (which immediately made the yard fill so much bigger), and the planting started.
To give me more planting area, I made a curvy path out of stone we've collected on our trips. I love mosaics and decided to mosaic the posts between the gate.
Since I believe "variety is the spice of life", I've managed to squeeze in quite a few different plants: 2 banana plants that have grown to 9 (time to thin out this yr.), butterfly bush, butterfly weed, 2 knock about roses, vibrunum (2), 3 hydrangeus, hostas, shasta daisies, 2 clemetis, basil, grasses, angel trumpet (later died), and several varieties of salvia, and 3 blueberry bushes.+ others I can't name. Add a gazing ball, bird bath, windmill, 2 chairs and a table.....LOL, it's getting crowded. To make it worse, I spent 5 wk in China this summer, and when I got home the garden had burst with energy and needed major pruning.
So I have signed up for a continuing ed class on designing a small garden and will keep you posted on my new garden design.
I love lush gardens that enclose you like a cocoon, so I am trying to fill in my garden with tall, canopy type plants. On top of that, I want color and fragrance. I am open to any and all design ideas and new plants to try. Thank you for your help and encouragement, and especially your beautiful pictures to look at.
Joined in Jan 2009
Country: United States
State: Memphis, TN