Today’s post FASCINATES me. It’s from Daniella Baloi in Hudson, Ohio. We’ve visited Daniela’s garden before (refresh your memory HERE and HERE), but she’s been hard at work making changes, and today she treats us to an entire season from one perspective.
She says, “The borders lining the path entering our back yard have been a work in progress for 14 years and there was nothing there when we started. We had gravel on the house side and grass on the yard side. We removed the gravel and the grass little by little, spring after spring until it shaped into two long borders along the path.
“Eight years ago my hubby Nick and I decided that it is time to re-build our old brick patio and the path leading to it. I was happy with the plantings around it, but the 39-year-old rail tires holding the brick in place were collapsing, and the brick patio and alley were no longer leveled and grew lots of weeds so it was time to have it re-done.
“Early May 2006, instead of focusing on planting like in other seasons, I was pulling out all my plants from the beds around the patio and 2 feet on each side of the path. Nick built two new permanent garden beds to store the moving plants: one shade and one part sun bed which we placed strategically in the borders so that we could use them after this project was over. The roses were temporarily relocated to the vegetable garden raised beds. It was a lot of work (not that I didn’t have enough with a 9 month old and 3 year old). The contractor finished the install of the interlock concrete pavers path and patio by end of June that year, and during 4th of July holiday instead of relaxing and enjoying the new patio I was planting (wrong time of the year, I know!). It was a great opportunity to re-design and plant new varieties since we brought in new soil for beds with extremely good drainage.
“Today, looking at the pictures taken this year, I feel that I am done changing this border! We planted the borders with perennials for shade and part shade blooming from April to October and several plants even stay semi-evergreen through the winter (Carex brunnea ‘Variegata’, Sedum reflexum, and Sedum hispanicum minus).
“The design improvements I’ve made in the last three years focused on varying the textures, shapes, and colors of the foliage, and repetition of same or similar plants. These pictures capture the long path beds at about the same angle at different times of the growing season. This is how I see my path borders when I step outside into the back yard from the house. I am working on developing a similar set from the opposite end of the path, since it shows the borders differently.”
I cannot wait for the next set, Daniella! Gorgeous. It is HARD to have a garden look this good all season long. Like, almost impossible. BRAVO!!
**** The push is still on–get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I’ll be eternally grateful…. Email them to [email protected] Thanks! ****
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