Welcome to my garden! Last year I introduced you to my garden so you should be familiar with what is going on. However, over the winter of 2017-18 I made some changes to the main entry beds and added on along the east property line with beds and fencing. Next year, look for photos from the Potager Garden aka the vegetable garden. Let’s get started!
In the main entry bed I originally had a rusty fence near my Switchgrass ‘Shenedoah’. Last winter I took this out and replaced it with a sculpture of wagon wheels, that fit in better to the garden’s rustic theme. I also moved cream cans from the porch to the entry beds, using one as a birdbath and one holding the sundial.
After moving the double washing tubs to the porch, I planted them up with shade loving perennials and annuals and affixed them with fairy garden items.
In the backyard, I planted up a few different containers to decorate the patio (photos to come in 2019). This space will be enhanced more with a privacy fence and play area to come. Behind the privacy fence is the cutting garden, which will also be photographed in 2019 (it is in its 2nd year and not ready for viewing).
The bed frame trellis was added this summer to screen the concrete walls of the basement. I used 3 antique bed frames to make the trellis.
The trial garden under the black walnuts did excellent this year, except for the astilbes. They really did not like the early heat. However, the bellflower, globe thistle, and hostas all did wonderful.
Along the east property line I expanded the native shade border. I added wood poppy, turtlehead, beautyberry, hazelnut, nodding onion, and a border of blue wood phlox. I also left any natives that came up during the year, such as Virginia stickseed and Spanish needles.
We had a good year, followed by a great autumn with much needed rains. Winter appears to be leaning towards high moisture. I look forward to 2019.