One of my favorite parts of our new house is my garden. Our previous owners were pretty well-versed in gardening and the wife was a little down about leaving her hard work. I promised her that while I may lack a vision for planning and starting a garden, I’m pretty competent, eager to learn, and felt confident that I could maintain and continue the garden well. And so far we have. I’d say we’ve done great! One of my first tasks was to identify every “friend” in my yard and find out what plants I had. With the help of my mom and mother-in-law and Sunday school teacher and good ol’ Google, I have pretty much identified everything, and started adding some of the plants I’ve always wanted in my yard. We started by cleaning out the beds and getting rid of brush and sticks and leaves, then refreshed the mulch and did some weeding, and took out a mostly dead boxwood. We then hauled in new rock to finish the edging.
Here’s our beds:
This is the lower bed, surrounding a perfect white oak. In this bed, we have alternating juniper and gerber daisies surrounding a large yucca, raspberries, a bright Golden Spirit bush, and several rose bushes, including my grandmother’s antique rose! It has been toted around from our parents’ houses in a pot and it bloomed for the first time in years this spring! We’ve also got Purple Georgia and Autumn Joy down there.
In the beds around the porch, we’ve got a few holly bushes, a pink twist or fringe bush, and several boxwoods. Anchoring the space were two dwarf spruces and we added a third in the center. Near it we have a purpley white penstemon, several mounds of yellow coreopsis, and several chrysanthemums, clematis vine, and nandinas. We have three hydrangeas, plus tulips, begonias, geraniums, calla lilies, cataloochee phylox, pink thrift, dianthus, and both gerber and shasta daisies. Two rose bushes and butterfly bush give the bed some height. We’ve added a white daisy gardenia in the space vacated by the mostly dead boxwood, a canna lily that was a gift from a student, plus hanging baskets of Boston fern, lantana, and pink geraniums and pots on the porch filled with salvia, petunias, lemongrass, and citronella. For Mother’s Day, my mom gave me a purple spirea bush that will replace an older boxwood.
We took our pictures on Mother’s Day in front of the flower bed and I can’t help but love the back drop. It’s my go to spot for family photos.
The colors are gorgeous. We seem to have a lot of whites and yellows and pinks and purples.
M planted gladiolus bulbs in the third bed around the gumball tree behind the post that has our house number. There’s an azalea in that bed. I’d like to add another and a sweet bubby bush, also called a Carolina Allspice.
We’re going to have to fell the privacy cedars beside the side of the house due to them being planted too close to the house, but we’ve planned on replacing them with some fast growing evergreens and camilas. I love a camila and can’t wait to add one.
Lilacs, daylilies, irises, and mandevilla are a few of the plants on my wish list too, and I hope to add them here and there along the way. J is obsessed with the grass and is considering a fall lawn renovation.
Long term, J and I want to add a deck in the backyard, and add up-lighting on the house. I love that there’s already fruit trees, a magnolia, English ivy, japanese maple, a peony, and golden bells in the backyard for us to enjoy while we’re on the patio. We added a fig tree and blueberry bushes too.
Beside the driveway we have more privacy cedars, with fragrant tea olive trees blooming between them. Above this, J built a level raised bed from reclaimed wood to hold my vegetable garden of heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, squash, and onion.
I’m thrilled about our yard. I garden a little basically every day and have enjoyed watching new ”friends” pop up and bloom this spring. It makes the porch is my number one favorite place to relax.