Remember when we built these? It’s finally time to fill them in! Inspired by a Japanese house design book, we built these “step gardens” to provide a beautiful view from our downstairs windows. Eventually we’ll be able to enjoy them from our soaking tub, but right now those rooms are our storage and workshop areas.
First step: get topsoil and moo-doo to fill in the wooden retaining walls! Two days of hard work with the wheelbarrow – topsoil may be the heaviest substance in the universe.
Went shopping for plants with the Garden Designer (aka Albo’s mum – she’s a genius!)… picked up our perennials from Rocky Dale Gardens, and annuals from New Leaf Organics. Also got a few transplants from our folks- a little bit of home.
The west side is very shady – we laid out woodland plants that don’t need much sun:
Dug in everything this morning.
Hostas, thyme, saxifrage and more for the sunnier side:
Containers for the front entry:
And a few for the sunny back garden – calibrachoa, impatiens and coleus.
We can’t wait to do more, but we don’t want to get in the way of building the deck and front steps – so the gardeners will tread carefully for now!