My name is Mary Morgan, and I am a hobby gardener. This 1970s house near Redding, California, is new to me. I needed some privacy from the street, and I wanted to muffle the road noise from the cars. The house needed a softer look, and my soul needed a garden!
I had two dump trucks of garden soil delivered. I had the soil mounded to follow the curve. I used newspaper to kill the grass where I was going to garden. I planted Nandina (Nandina domestica, Zones 6–11), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, Zones 7–10), and tall bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 4–9) to provide year-round interest in my Zone 9 garden. I used spring bulbs and annuals for additional year-round color.
This makeover was a relatively inexpensive way to address all my needs. The garden is low maintenance and uses less water than the old lawn!
The after shot. This garden certainly met Mary’s needs. The thick planting provides a lot of privacy and will muffle the road noise. Mounding up soil is also a great idea, as that is an easy way not only to ensure that plants have good drainage but also to make everything taller so as to create a better privacy screen faster.
This view toward the house from the road clearly shows how effective a privacy screen this garden is. You could get the same effect with a simple hedge, but the diverse set of plants makes this garden far more beautiful and interesting.
Uh oh … Other visitors are enjoying the garden as well. Mary’s garden is stocked, by necessity, with deer-resistant plants. A lot of us have problems with deer in our gardens, and we basically have two choices: plant things they don’t want to eat, or put up a very tall fence.
One last view of the garden, with some lovely bearded irises catching the sun.
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