My Secret Garden Update

June 14, 2009

Gardening, summer

I just love this garden. I’ve been slowly adding to it for the past few years.

Secret Garden Update 2

It’s been a soggy spring and start to summer, so I’ve had to work on it between raindrops this year. It’s a perennial garden with many native shrubs. I always plant vegetation that is native to the area (because I just hate babying plants). I’ve got Mugo pine shrubs, a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, some lilacs, blue Rose of Sharon, Scotch Rose, Bridal Wreath Spirea, Potentilla, Arbor Vitea, Mock Rose, White Azalea, and purple Butterfly Bushes for shrubs. For plants, I have Echinacea (Purple Coneflower), Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan), Hostas, Day lilies, Gerbera Daisy, Stargazer Lilies, Tulips, Stella D’oro lilies, purple Bearded Iris, purple Salvia, Purple Chrysanthemums, Blue Anemone, Pink Turtleheads, Pink Monarda (Bee Balm), Daisies, and Astible. And then I have Periwinkle and English Ivy for ground cover. For filler, I add a few annuals like Impatiens and Petunias, but that’s all the annuals I do.

Secret Garden Update

I have plans to eventually fill this entire side of the yard as a cottage garden, with native shrubs and perennials. It’s so easy care that it’s ridiculous. I send the kids out to weed it about 3-4 times a year– but once the ground cover really kicks in, we’ll weed less. The real benefit is not having to mow this section of the yard. And it looks lovely! Eventually, the lilacs and the Rose of Sharon will grow taller than the arbor, creating a green passageway down the side yard. Mmmmm.

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8 Responses to “My Secret Garden Update”

  1. Wanda Says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    Just want to tell you how beautiful your garden looks. I agree with you on the perennials and having it easy to maintain. I feel the same way. I look forward to seeing more pictures as it matures for the summer.
    Take care and have a great week.

  2. akaGaGa Says:

    “It’s so easy care that it’s ridiculous. I send the kids out to weed it about 3-4 times a year”

    Aren’t these sentences redundant? πŸ™‚

    It’s just like vacuuming, my friend. Wait until you run out of teenagers.

  3. tahtimbo Says:

    Your garden looks fantastic! I think I need you to design our garden. We have a strip of lawn (between our driveway and the neighbor’s lawn) about 4-feet wide and 15-feet long that is in our front yard. I want to tear-out the lawn and plant flowers/bushes/etc. Do you have any ideas of how I can landscape it?

  4. Lynne Says:

    This garden of yours is turning out to be quite beautiful! It’s so hot here now everyday, I feel so far behind in my outdoor duties. My shrubs are all growing out of control!

  5. Fida Abbott Says:

    It looks very nice and neat. I like it.
    It is always rain everyday at my place since spring came, so I don’t need to water my garden.

    Happy summer

  6. Bonnie Story Says:

    Fantastic! The architecture of the spot is really filling in nicely. What a nice focal point an arch is. And I really like the cool pyramid shaped evergreen to the left in the first shot. Good going and good choices for your plants. Mow? No!

  7. Mamaflo Says:

    Ooooooh, I love it too, so serene and magical. I’d love to see more shots.

  8. Holly Says:

    I love that garden. It looks picture perfect! πŸ™‚ The arbor adds such a nice touch.