The landscape at our house is pretty barren – neat and nice, but not much of interest. Therefore, I have been wanting to plant some things to make a more interesting visual landscape. But, I don’t want to just start randomly planting things so that it ends up looking like a hodge-podge of mismatched plants. I’ve been very frustrated because I don’t know what to do – where to start, what do I want, what does well in this climate, sun/shade? The list goes on.
However, I finally decided to start with the easy and do something against the wall under our deck. I decided on rhododendron – specifically catawbiense album, which has a pinkish turning to whitish color bloom. I decided that would contrast nicely against our red brick. Then I planted double impatiens in between them and impatiens in front of them. Looks pretty good. Further down the wall (not under the deck), I planted two Queen Elizabeth rose bushes. Much better than stacked up tires. (Sorry, honey!)
Then, we planted a tree in our back yard – a japanese magnolia. There are two really big beautiful ones at Roanoke College that I love so that’s how I decided on this tree. It’s really small right now, but I have high hopes for it.
And, finally, I started an herb garden on the deck with chives, lavendar, oregano and mint.
Next up are some aromatic plants – I love jasmine and gardenia and to create a plan for the back yard and fence. Sigh.