After I posted about my landscaping adventure, several people wrote in and asked for better and larger photos. I had some time today to take a few. I hope you enjoy them.
In the foreground is the deciduous ‘Jane’ Magnolia. It will soon have large purple flowers. Behind it are the Ilex x ‘Patriot’ (hollies) which will eventually cover up the heat and air unit. That was one of our primary goals. You can also see in this photo the Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Brave’ (dogwood’s) bare branches and several Nandinas both ‘Gulfstream’ and ‘Firepower’ along with Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ (English laurels). The laurels will have white flower spikes in the spring. I can’t wait to see all those blooms.
This is another shot of the same garden from the front sidewalk. Although she isn’t a natural feature like the boulders, I still decided to place my angel back in the garden. I like her so much that I would miss having her to greet me as I come up the walk. I do wish she wasn’t so white. I wonder if I can age her. Any ideas?
Facing the house are the Ilex x aquipernyi ‘Dragon Lady’ (hollies) on the right side of my home. To give some perspective, I shot from the fence line. You can see more laurels and nandinas in this photo along with yellow violas and blue pansies. I saved all of my pansies and violas and replanted them with the bulbs. So far, they are doing great. Tony also planted some pansies which have white blooms with purple centers.
I took this photo from the front door of my house looking toward my left. It is the same garden from the opposite end. The Colorado blue spruce is a dwarf variety, and I’m going to watch it. If it is growing too large, I will move it to another part of the property. Mr. McGregor’s Daughter also told me I could prune it a little each year to help keep it small. Thanks MMD. The darker spots in the mulch are where I watered the newly planted flowers and bulbs. Also, you can see a Pinus mugo pumilio (mugo pine) in the back along with my whirly twirly Carex buchananii ‘Fox Red Curly’ “grass.” In between the two rocks are three Ilex x ‘Mondo’ ‘Little Rascal’ hollies and the low growing blue foliage is Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’. Normally, I wouldn’t grow any type of juniper because I don’t like most varieties, but after Tony planted this, I like how its blue foliage plays off of the spruce.
I hope these large photos loaded all right for everyone, and that this gave you a better view of the front yard. It will be interesting to see what it looks like in spring.