Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Projects

A new, better retaining wall meant I finally had a good reason to plant the barren spot of my cottage garden. After much deliberation, I finally settled on grasses. They give pretty winter interest and even an invasive species won't be able to spread too far with a brick wall and another sturdy native like my Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium spp.) just to the right. I'll post more photos as it blooms.

In the meantime, here are the newest additions, which will hopefully fill in quite nicely through the seasons. I put in two northern sea oats and a perennial whose name I can't recall beyond the local common name of "chocolate plant". ~blush~ Research isn't turning up anything. Anyway, it's got nice contrasting summer foliage.


  1. Looks like you have a great garden spot, Darla! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

  2. Thank you, Nikki! I like to attract birds, bees, and butterflies, while also camouflaging the neighbors' close houses and things like the utility box. So there are lots of coneflowers, small trees, shrubs, the single mass of Joe Pye weed, and plenty of grasses. I plan to post more pictures and learn how best to utilize photobucket at the same time. I will master that technology and post better images! And I'm really pleased with a number of plantings. I'll share more tomorrow. :) I hope you continue to enjoy. I know I adored images of your hanging fuschia baskets.

  3. Those are beautiful, Darla! I like the tall leafy one in the foreground of the last two shots. It looks happy. The one with the purplish leaves is pretty too. It looks like you got a lot of good work done!


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