As the summer draws to an end, I have been thinking more and more about some big changes I am going to make in my garden come the fall planting season. I began the process by focusing on the area in my back yard that you see when you enter by the side gate. It has never looked very good, though it is a highly visible space. (See Planning for the Fall Planting Season).
I call this the East Garden in the plan below. The deck (off the right side of the picture) is kind of falling apart and will be removed when we have the time. We expect to create a “patio” around the avocado tree that is in the center of the deck. This will change the flow in the yard and I am trying to keep this in mind. Of course, we have been talking about removing the deck for about five years, and it is anyone’s guess as to when it will actually happen.
In the earlier post I noted that this area was neither passage nor garden. I decided to plant the sides, leaving a more intimate and enticing passage from the “Secret Garden” (woodland garden) to the small oval patch of grass in the far back.
So, for the past few days I have been laying out logs to outline the passage way. The path will either be made of flagstones or maybe decomposed granite. Whatever it is made of, the same material will extend into the Secret Garden so that there is continuity and flow between these two areas. The following pictures show the evolution of the garden from when it was covered with lawn to the present.
March 29, 2008: Lawn is buried beneath cardboard and mulch. (Check out the GardenNatives.com blog for an excellent four-part series on removing lawn to create a native garden.)
August 21, 2009: Fourth configuration, viewed from above. Large potted succulents illustrate triangular shaped garden space. We are thinking of using this area for a rock/herb garden. (By the way, the idea to use this area as a kitchen/vegetable/herb garden was proposed by a reader in a comment on the July 10, 2009 post.)
I promise to continue posting our progress in this area. Comments, suggestions, help with the physical labor are all welcome!