The evolution of our front garden is the result of a few factors: the desire to grow more interesting things than lawn, the successive death of three large aspens and the need to block the view of the decrepit cars permanently anchored to my neighbor’s driveway.
When we bought the house, ten years ago, it came with a glorious lawn and many many blah shrubs, for some reason my late cat Romeow is framed on this picture, I kinda’ like it. So the aspens by the house died, I took out the many shrubs that became so large I could not control them without falling from ladders and removed the grass with a spade on the right of the path. This was phase one. The next spring with a little more help from my reluctant husband (incredibly, he hates gardening) I traced curves on the lawn with a hose for about a week and when I was finally satisfied we rented a sod cutter and got to work on creating beds where lawn used to be.
The bed on the right of the path has grown too crowded and next March I will have to move things around and take some plants out. It’s not an easy job but someone has to do it, I am drawing mental plans already. The last aspen, the one by the road died as well and I was able to plant a xeric garden by the road.
Of course it’s a very dry fall so it all looks dreadful but I have faith it will work out in the end. I planted (moved) two Tiger Eye sumacs, lots of blue oat grass, Blonde Ambition gramma grass, switch grass, Autumn Joy sedum, a milkweed shrub, a few Black Eyed Susans and a hardy opuntia. Almost everything on the list came from my garden or the garden of my friend Talitha.
If everything survives the transplants and dry weather it will be the cheapest xeric bed of all times. Two more pictures to end this post, taken from the front porch, looking at my surviving cat Uli and the fantastic Mount Olympus.