finally, this weekend i finished this expansion project- located at the back corner of my yard. previously this bed was half this size. the lime green potato vine was overrunning its bounds -- it now has plenty of room to continue sprawling and spilling over into the new bed. the new plants include a combination of zinnias, indigo spires, lantana, purple butterfly bush and variegated liriope to border. i left space for the trailing lantana which will eventually attempt to crowd out its neighbors.
on to the next project.
for a while i have wanted to do something about this area. over the years this section in the grass has sunken - yes, sunken. dropped --to form a shallow valley. added to that... the abundance of shade poorly affects the growing of grass. i have made several attempts at recovery to no avail. it's time for rearranging the landscape.
a dump truck from a local nursery unloaded 5 yards of soil onto my driveway this morning. wow. my wheelbarrow made way more trips to the backyard than i bargained for. but i want to say this about dirt. there is just something wonderful & exciting about good dirt to a gardener... to handle it, to feel it, to smell it, to dig it ... just the sight of it... rich, dark and healthy. it's oh so inspiring.
another expansion project... a clean slate ... a blank canvas. oh my little designing mind has so many ideas. i also purchased more flagstone at another nursery today to extend the pathway that runs through the existing bed. stay tuned ... as this area develops i'll bring you updates.
over the weekend i put some red new guinea impatiens in the ground for fall where caladiums dotted the landscape in summer. i also put these in containers coupled with variegated ivy and lime green potato vine. i'm expecting these will transfer easily into the winter season in a few short weeks.