On the same day that I made my wine-barrel planters, which have now been beat to death by a week’s worth of wind at 45 mph and now snow (yes, it’s snowing as I type this), I planted some geraniums and another “planter” with some petunias. The whole entrance still seems unfinished, and that’s where y’all come in. I’d really love to hear your ideas and suggestions for this area. One thing I’ve considered doing is using some antique milk containers as planters- though finding antiques here might be challenging. I know I can buy new ones, but where’s the fun in that? The landscape is in serious need of some height (and more visual interest) and that is one way I’ve considered addressing what I see to be an *issue*.
Here is the bucket planter:
I’m definitely thinking it needs some spiky, ornamental grass added to it, and maybe some zinnas or something else. I realize that the petunia flowers will get larger, but more plants would add additional interest.
Here’s the view of the steps as they currently are. Please don’t judge me. I know the toe-kick for the screen door is muddy. And that the trim around the screen door is in need of a fresh coat of paint. In fact, I need a new screen door too. But we’re not focusing on that right now, mkay?
I definitely think this area needs *something*. Be it antique milk containers turned into planers, or some plant stands and more pots, I’m simply at a loss.
Next, is the project that I started last year. It’s still not done. The weather is flatly refusing to cooperate with me but I will show you what I’ve done so far, and what I plan to do. It’s going to be a perennial garden. One Saturday last year, I decided to border these three (already existing) juniper shrubs with big river rock. So I moved rocks by hand- all day! I wanted to fill in the bed with good soil and more river rock to make a rock and perennial flower garden. Since I’m such a fan of desert, rustic, rocky landscapes, and because I like low maintenance gardening, I figured this was the perfect way to do just that. Zach helped me fill-in with the river rock- well, he drove the skid-steer and moved the rock we already had here- it was leftover from the initial building of this house.
You can see, above, where I left some empty space. In those dirt spaces I plan to plant delphiniums, echinacia, black-eyed-susans and some forget-me-nots.
And in the empty rock places, I’m going to transplant some yucca. So it will look something like this:
Okay. So those are really only stickers I added to the photo, but you get the general idea!
I’m also going to plant some super tough buffalo grass in front of that bed, and maybe in my whole yard. It doesn’t ever get very green, but it also chokes out weeds, dandelions and doesn’t get tall enough to ever need mowed! It can live on very little water. Since I have the chickens out free-ranging, I don’t dare put a weed-spray or weed killer down, and the dandelions are pretty much taking over this yard. I love yard-work, but not mowing the lawn, and I have at least an acre to mow. So NOT mowing would be just super!
Thanks for humoring me. I can’t wait to read your thoughts and ideas and comments on my landscaping!