Rain is currently falling and dripping on the window pains here at home today as I sit here and write. I have a little movie on in the background as I put this post together… It is something about a Jane Austin book club and I have just started, so I will let you know what I think ;)! Oh back to the rain! When I photographed these photos there wasn’t a drop in sight. In fact, it was really too sunny to take these photos but I did it anyways because I was excited to share with you! I have really been on a mission to keep things simple here, share things that I hope are helpful and inspiriting. To cut down on the noise or the extras that just really aren’t necessary. All that being said (phew what a long intro, haha), today I am sharing some of my favorite plants to garden with!
Here is a view of the front of our home and the U – shaped garden that we have here. It is simple and unfinished, but I still wanted to share with you. As that is another goal of mine, to avoid only sharing the perfect. Perfect is overrated and unachievable (something I am constately having to tell myself).
My hubby and I laid these large stepping stones in shortly after we moved here. I am just now (ten years later) getting to planting low growing greenery around them. I picked this creeping thyme and I think it will fill in nicely! It is easy to care for. In fact, all these plants really are!
I wanted to have a modern/traditional mix of flowers and shrubs/bushes. We had some rosemary and lavender already growing there. So we added hydrangeas and a ivory silk lilac tree too! I am so excited about that one.
Here you can see a peek at the tiny Common Snowball Viburnum Sterile plant…
Sure it is small, but I really don’t think that should stop you from starting a garden. I always thought I needed to have everything planted bigger and didn’t have the patience to start smaller. But there a couple problems with that… One, it is too expensive! Lol… And two, there is something very special about letting things blossom over the years and enjoying the process. You skip that when you buy things mature and grown.
As a row of low growing greenery I incorporated these leafy purple flower things. Ugh… I tried to save all of tags with names and somehow I am missing this one! I will try to see if I can find it somewhere.
On the other side of the garden there are these boxwood variety shrubs. They are great because they fill in and stay low.
Just behind that, we planted a few of these white cottage roses.
For potting, I want to keep things simple and manageable. I filled several grasses to make it interesting. Tufted Hair Grass – Northern Lights, Cordyline and Spikes.
We built this trellis about 8 years ago and have had this honeysuckle growing around it now for a few years. It still needs to cover the entire thing, but it is getting there!
And there you have it! Nothing super fancy and really not that great looking quite yet. But as spring unfolds fully and as the years past, this garden will be such a fun achievement. Something to look back at and enjoy for all the hard work we put into. Good things do come to those who wait! I hope this may give you some ideas as you think about gardening or maybe where to start! Thanks so much for stopping by!