How Does Our Garden Grow?

Warmer weather means we’re all spending more time outside, and I’m spending a lot of time with my plants.

Front-Entry-Plants-by-Walkway

Nearest the front entry, a hydrangea, yews, Stella d’Oro day lilies, and catmint are all filling out.  Peonies are lush with oodles of buds, soon to be blooms.  Eek!!

Peony-Bud

Between the garage doors, I added a DIY planter with an arborvitae to soften the hard lines.

Garden-Progress-Garage-Planter-Box

A tonal green grouping of arborvitae, sweet potato vine, and blue spruce succulents at the front door welcome everyone coming and going.

Front-Entry-Plants

Learning what plants suit our landscape, conditions, and zone has been a learning curve, filled with research, trial and error.  One particularly tricky area is below the living room bump out, in front of the two basement windows.

Front-Garden-Toward-Deck-May-17

Full sun exposure, heat radiating back from the house, and the shelter from rain require a lot more water.  The higher the heat tolerance, the better.  After striking out with a few other things, I’ve gone back to my old stand by: Stonecrop Angelina with a few Snow-in-Summer mixed in for variety.  Both stay low enough that the views and light won’t be blocked at full size.

Front-Garden-Front-Window-Plantings-May-17

A mixture of Smoke Trees, Spirea, Salvia, Catmint, and Nest Spruce edge the bocce court.

Front-Garden-Bocce-plants

Fronting the deck, I’ve planted a row of Karl Foerster grasses, which at full height will help the deck feel lower.  Spaced between each grass is a Black Eyed Susan, to add a pop of color.

Front-Garden-Fountain-Detail

A trio of Irises are currently in bloom, adding a lovely purple to the landscape.  Look at that amazing detail!

Front-Garden-Iris-Detail

We’ve been lucky enough to have a wet spring, keeping everything bright and green.  Spotting rainbows after is a lucky sighting, and this one was such an interesting display.

Front-Rainbow

Coming up from the driveway, the back garden is a favorite view and has a tranquil feel.

Back-Garden-by-Stairs

Winter was rough, killing my beautiful butterfly bush.  Ah well, it was a risk when I chose it two years ago as it’s zone 5 and we’re 4.  I swapped out the dead shrub for a fragrant Japanese honeysuckle, which smells divine!  Adding a trellis is still on my list is still on my spring to do list.

Back-Garden-Toward-Pool-House

Closest to the stairs, the two Snowball Viburnum are in full bloom.

Back-Garden-Viburnum

In addition to the slow garden growth, the CorTen steel siding has continued to rust, deepening to an almost wood tone.

Back-Garden-Toward-Pool-May-17

Against the back of the house, the viburnum and a hydrangea flank the ends of the garden with shorter plants between.  To add height, I’ve recently added a double hook with an adorable bird feeder.

Back-Garden-with-Bird-Feeder-May-17

Eventually, the other side will have a hanging plant, but the birds are already thrilled with this addition.

Back-Garden-Bird-Feeder-Detail

I’m thrilled with the appearance of the teeny tiny hydrangea buds.

Back-Garden-Hydrangea-Bud-May-17

The waterfall is full and on one of our warmer days, the boys took a quick run through it on a dare.

Back-Deck-Toward-Waterfall

When spending so much time outside, I’ve been eyeing all of the cool garden decor available now.  My wish list includes a sculptural trellis for the honeysuckle, a hanging planter, and hose storage.  As a bonus, I’d love a cute rug, maybe a pot or two, and perhaps a few other goodies.  A potting bench could double as a serving station for outdoor entertaining.  Maybe something like this:

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Coral Coast Halstead Wood Obelisk  $80   Hanging Copper Planter  $50   Round Galvanized Wall Planter  $9   Rain Chain Copper Cup  $49   Metal Potting Bench  $70   Metal Hose Pot  $40   Black Forged Shepard Hook  $9   Smith and Hawken Bird Feeder  $20   Threshold Garden Tool Set  $16   Metal Peyton Barrel  $50   Hello Goodbye Doormat  $13

Or even something like this:

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Metal Orb Decorative Sculpture  $19    Hanging Ceramic Planter  $47   Round Galvanized Wall Planter  $9   Bell Rain Chain  $40   Hindo Indoor/Outdoor Cabinet  $69   Liberty Garden Copper Hose Pot  $53   Black Forged Shepard Hook  $9   Emerald Green Bird Feeder  $15   Garden Tool Set  $10   Ella Square Black Resin Planter  $39   Crinkle Diamond Doormat  $13

Most likely a combo of items from each.  Do you have any favorite garden accessories or additions?  What’s your favorite way to grow vines?  Also, do you have experience with a light weight hose?  If so, brand preference?

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One thought on “How Does Our Garden Grow?

  1. Your plants look terrific! We got new hoses this year and had SERIOUSLY underestimated how nice a good hose could be…we had always bought the cheap hoses. Both hoses below were purchased from Lowes.

    The one in the front is a “Zero-G woven hose” it doesn’t shrink up like the “as seen on TV” one…but is very flexible and winds very nicely into the hose pot/bucket we use. It’s a little more lightweight than traditional hoses. I LOVE that I don’t have to fight with the hose at all. It’s my favorite.

    The back hose is on a traditional hose reel and is the “NeverKink” brand. It truly has been very easy to wind onto the really and hasn’t shown any kinks yet. I wouldn’t say the NeverKink is particularly lightweight, but it doesn’t seem overly heavy. And is relatively flexible for that type of hosing.

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