It is one thing to put a
landscape plan to paper. It is another thing to see it to
fruition. With these photos, I show you the progress of the
installation of our gardens.
After reading (literally) 100s of gardening magazines, inspiration
finally hit me when I was in the bath one day. I drew my
initial concept on the bathtub wall with the children's bathtub
crayons. The finished garden
is surprisingly quite close to this initial idea.
Keep reading below...
I tweaked the concept and put in on graph paper to scale so
I could present it to landscape companies to bid on the project.
The design is put on the dirt with spray paint.
After initial grading and amending of
the soil, the first project was the
installation of the raised stone planter - the anchor of the
The stone planter is complete but the back yard becomes a
muddy mess, hindering further progress.
To help with the water and mud problems we began installing
a series of drains which did solve the problem and construction
could begin again.
Adding good soil as a foundation of the lawn and flower
Once the ground was graded the back yard lawn went in.
The side alley is put nearly done. Landscape fabric is put
down before the gravel goes on top.
This side is now all laid out and the beds get more soil and
mulch and the paths get gravel.
Then work on the rose garden begins. All beds are outlined
with tumbled stone for easier maintenance.
The arborvitae trees go in back of the gardens to eventually
create a "castle wall" to separate the formal gardens from the
woodland gardens (which is now the spot for the tropical
And now, photos of the finished garden (no, the pool is not
The rose garden.
The lawn with stone planter
The other side (the arbor is at the end of the side alley
The formal garden and the woodland garden
The hydrangea alley. I love hydrangeas and will plant about
a dozen varieties.