It is finally garden season in Michigan. This season, I am hoping to renovate sections of my backyard garden. I want to remove one of the long beds and replace it with a small hedge row to create a more secluded garden. I went out to collect photographs this morning to start working though some design ideas.
Here’s a few photos of the mid May garden. Indeed it needs work. The main things to accomplish this season are repairing some serious lawn issues (yeah, I’m talking to you little grubs and moles that destroyed my grass), tidying up some over grown plants that are crowding out their neighbors and creating a more secluded side garden. These projects should be fun and I’ll be sure to post photos of my progress.
Here’s a photo of my favorite pink flowering dogwood. This tree was already planted when we moved into our house. Thanks to a mild winter, we have lots of flowers this spring.
The boxwood are filling out nicely this spring. They were trimmed for the first time ever last fall. I think I prefer a more fluffy boxwood look to the sharply trimmed straight lines. I’ll probably let them fill out undisturbed this season.
My repeat-blooming lilac is filled with buds. This bush will bloom again in the fall.
I still need to straighten and clean up the brick edges that line the garden. Things always move around during the winter. I chose not to cement my bricks to be more economical. The trade off is a bit more work, but that’s just a great excuse to stay outside longer.
I found some great plants for one of my patio containers. I love the color scheme and textures. I think this coleus, sedum and potato vine are going to make the perfect container display.
This photo shows the section of the garden that is going to be renovated this season. I have removed the original brick border. Once the forget-me-nots and allium are finished blooming, this border will be removed and replaced with some type of hedge row to separate it from the other section. I’m thinking of adding several archways to connect each section along the main path.
My ‘Forest Pansy’ red bud trees have grown quite a bit over the past 3 seasons. I need to move the one on the end. I also plan to completely change the planting scheme in this border. The allium look too messy out in the open and the arborvitae are not happy. I’m not 100% certain what I am going to do here, but this needs some serious changes.
The perennials are starting to grow in each garden patch. I plan to fertilize my boxwood because they are looking a little yellow after the winter. They have new growth which is good, but they look a little peaked.
Stay tuned and we will see what fun changes get accomplished in the garden this year!