For the past few years I've been kicking around the idea of expanding the perennial beds in the South section of the garden in order to move many of our plants forward, and plant some larger shrubs and trees along the fence, creating both privacy and a backdrop for the smaller plants. On Sunday, all of a sudden, we went for it. We have a long way to go, but already things are really coming together.
Take a look!
|I know, I know. Using a hose to measure and define a space is not very professional, but it worked! I laid it out how I wanted it on one side, and then measure out from the existing beds to the curve in the hose and adjusted as necessary.|
|I also realized I needed to do some digging to unearth the bricks that once edged the Long Border along the fence. Years of heaving and encroaching grass have caused them to pretty much disappear.|
|In a few sections you can see a bit better how they once were placed. A nice brick edging works great, but I have new plans for these bricks.|
|"Lasagna" gardening has worked well for us in the past, and we decided to repeat the process here, but with the bonus step of "scalping" the grass with a string trimmer.|
|As we began bringing the dirt around I realized I needed to get the rest of the bricks dug out.|
|We used a top soil mixed with sand. I know some say sand doesn't really help with heavy clay soils, but we used this when we created the Hydrangea Border and that part of the garden grows probably better than any other.|
|As the sun was setting I had removed all of the bricks. We had also managed to get some of the sale plants that had been languishing for too long into the ground.|
|Looking in the opposite direction. The Surprise Lilies (or Naked Ladies) have been wonderful this year.|
|See what I mean? These may be slightly thinned this year after they bloom in order to spread them around the garden.|
|A few of them barely made it out of the ground.|
|This is how all of the beds will eventually be edged. It takes twice as many, but the end result will be worth it!|