As I tended the driveway garden, I realized that I had four garden areas, and each has its own season. This was never planned. I only sort-of plan my gardens, since not much that I plan out there comes to pass. The seasonal garden discovery is just chance.
|November in the Driveway Garden|
The Driveway Garden is my fall garden.
The new terrace wall I built gives me a chance to fight the English Ivy. The plan, to eradicate the ivy from the back yard, will have to progress in parts. I may pay someone to do the majority of it, but as the ivy is doing a fine job of holding up the hill, I'm not sure I dare rip it all out yet. I'll experiment with my terrace plantings to see what does a good job of erosion control. I've made some progress, but the ivy has the advantage of growing down hill and toward the sun as it encroaches into my new plants.
|The just-completed terrace wall, which will become the Terrace Garden for winter|
The Terrace Garden will be my winter garden.
|March in my Woodlands Garden.|
The Woodlands Garden is my spring garden.
|June in the Sidewalk Garden. It looked even better in July (and when we'd picked up the Magnolia leaves!)|
Because this is the front of the house, there is multi-season interest here too. The corner is packed with bulbs of all kinds and is the first area of the yard to show signs of spring. The umbrella shaped Japanese maple turns purple in the fall, highlighting the remaining purple heart. In the winter we rely on the bones of the maple, but I have just planted Yuletide camellias by the front door.
The Sidewalk Garden is my summer garden.
Four gardens-- four seasons!