The Garden in front of the house is one of the two Rain Gardens I installed. Rain Gardens by design are in place to filter rain water. You capture the run off from the roof into a barrel, direct it eight feet from the foundation into an area filled with compost. You then plant it with plants that love wet feet.
The Garden on the corner is an Island Garden. I have chosen plants with a Tropical feel. The Purple Smoke Tree took a hit this past Winter (2013-14.) Luckily it is coming back. Here is the link to Magic Touch & Her Island Gardens, how to install one in one day.
This is a Dawn Redwood I planted to add interest. It looses its needles in the Winter.
On the east facing side, aka the shady side of the house, I have created a mini woodland garden. I chose, from left to right, Oak-Leaf Hydrangea, Dropmore Honeysuckle, and Hemlock as my anchor plants. I also found room for a Rhododendron.
With Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Bressington Blue Hosta, I have created an Ode to the English Garden.
As you look down the fence line you will see the Beauty Berries. This Garden runs along Willow Lane as you approach the salon.
The mail box was placed in a bucket secured with cement. I toped it off with potting soil and grow Sweet Potato vines to add brightness. The bright yellow ground cover is Creeping Jenny. The large river rock is planted with Chicks and Hens.
This garden is inside the fenced in area. This garden provides food, water, and shelter in a very small space.
The Flowering Almond and the Purple Smoke Tree.
Here we have a small Crape Myrtle, Yellow Honeysuckle, and a Hibiscus.
Tucked in the corner is a Peace Lily my son, Michael gave me for Mother’s Day. That is the door I enter to go to work. I have about 25 feet to walk. I love my job!
And one of the best parts of working from home, I can have my morning coffee in the Garden.
Even the shed window is worthy of a window box…
Out behind the shop I have ponds. I installed two ponds with a connecting stream. A pond provides a complete water cycle. Water, fish, and plants.
This is my Compost area complete with a small water container, gorgeous urn, and a planted Wagon.
And we wrap up another tour. I hope you enjoyed the Garden…