Fall colors are emerging which is always a transformation. And the mums have burst open. They are 'Sheffield Pink', which are so common and everyone has them, but their salmon - pink - apricot colors make me happy, so I put them everywhere. It's the only hardy mum I have.
And there's a change here that was simple, but dramatic --- I took up some lawn and filled the space with pea gravel. That's all. So simple, so effective.
It made the space along the side of my house go from this isolated grass - island - border tableau . . . . .
|Before (this summer)|
. . . . . to this:
|Before --- mid summer|
For you blog readers who suffered my ditherings about the bright red knockout roses --- should I keep them or not --- they are gone.
|Before. Last summer the roses filled the top of the drive, crowded by yellow daylilies|
The blank space where the roses were will be filled with something else.
|AFTER -- no roses, and only a few daylilies left (I kept three fragrant yellow ones)|
The grass strip bounded by shrub and perennial borders was nice enough, but it really had no interest.
|Before. An empty space, not used for anything except walking through.|
|AFTER. A place to stop. The edges of the gravel will be softened with spiller plants next spring.|
Did I tell you I really like Sheffield Pink mums? Now, with new confidence resulting from the success of this gravel garden, I'm thinking I could try other varieties.
Let me know your favorite hardy mums, I'm feeling like I could pull off some more colors now and make a few more simple changes.
it took 6 cubic yards of pea stone, a swath of landscape fabric under it, and steel retaining edges installed to keep the gravel from washing away. It also took sod cutters to rip up the lawn and trucks to haul the sod and the doomed rosebushes away. I did not do this myself.
Designs of Mann installed this new garden. They made the result look simple, but it was a lot of work. I knew what I wanted but they made it happen.
Thanks, David and Sharon!