I was ambitious this spring and after
giving up the battle of the weeds.
I took on a few projects in my back yard.
one was the checkboard patio (Phase 1).
(which I dearly love)
Then I had this revelation to do an herb
bed in the back. I have always
loved the structured English cottage knot gardens.
So after some pliminary planning I took
the leap of faith and phase 2 is over.
The garden is 14' X 14' and would need
almost 50 dwarf shrubs to layout
the square design
I found dwarf Boxwood which was naturally
my favorite, but ouch, $6 - 7 a plant.
I knew I just needed a small leaved hedge
and one that would stay dwarf. I found
Helira at our local flea market for $3 each.
The soil was amended, amended and
The English cottage garden design
is all about synmetry and I chose
the traditional square with a X on the inside.
The center of my garden plays host
to a gift from my friend Pam many years ago.
I chose Artemisia to surround the
iron structure. Here in the deep south it is
easy to find Dusty Miller or Snow on the Mountain
Artemisia so I mixed the two.
I love the lace foliage of Artemisia
and the gray white color just
glistens in the garden
After the structure was in place then the
fun began and I was able to fill
in with herbs.
I have a herb bed in the front cottage garden
but I have enjoyed being able to pick
from the back. This area gets only morning sun
so I shall see how everything grows.
Our spring is over this week the weather has been
in the 90's so my garden planning is over
until at least fall.
My Phase 3 in my Backyard makeover is
a shade bed running along my fence line.
I have mostly moss, ferns and hosta. I will feature
this bed in another post. For now I can't wait to
check out what your garden projects have been.
Enjoy! Lets Garden Hop! Kathyhttp://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/2013/06/seasonal-sundays-156gardening.html
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