It's never finished.
You never get to the point where the garden is done and you move on to other things.
But I had gotten to the point where at least all the major planting areas in my yard were settled. I have several large beds, a lot of trees, stuff planted around the foundation and patio --- it is all I can handle. I was pretty much done with creating new garden spaces.
But this area along the side of the drive didn't look right. The separate beds and plants were too isolated.
So I had the sod removed and linked the separate areas into one big bed that follows the curve of the driveway as it draws you up toward the gardens in back.
The beginning of the area is shaded by a Norway Maple 'Crimson King' at the foot of the bed near the driveway entrance. That may be a problem some day, with its size and dense shade.
Despite a lot of rain in early October, the overturned black plastic pots never grew, so I had to plant some other stuff there.
I moved three panicle hydrangeas to the spots where the overturned pots were. They will get large and elegant and make a hedge lining the driveway.
The young rounded tree in the middle, which formerly sat in its own mulch circle, is now incorporated into this long border. It is a magnolia 'Elizabeth', with giant creamy yellow magnolia blossoms in earliest spring.
At the far end of this sweep are two witch hazels, the hybrid hamamelis 'Diane' and an unnamed hamamelis vernalis.
It's a very big space to plant up. I put a doublefile viburnum 'Mariesii' in there behind the hydrangeas. It will eventually be a huge twelve foot high wedding cake of horizontal branches, anchoring the left side of this long stretch, but it is just a twig right now. It was a tiny rooting from Cyndy's former CT garden at Gardening Asylum.
And there is a Serbian spruce at the left edge too. Still little, but it will make a fine green wall behind the magnolia and hydrangeas. This type of spruce, Picea omorika, gets hugely tall, but stays narrow, which will fit within the border. I hope. Probably not.
I dug up some delicate white wood asters from the meadow and scattered them around. I also put in several plugs of a woody groundcover sumac, rhus aromatica 'Gro Low', which will spread out and cover all that bare mulch.
But it still needs more. More tending while the plants fill in. More plants period. Weeding. More mulch to cover all the bare ground while waiting for the plants to get some size. More pruning and moving things about as they grow.
More work. And I thought I was done.