When we moved to the house I had this area. I went to the nursery and said, “Show me the shade plants.” I’ve never had shade and knew little about shade plants. I ended with astilbe plants, bleeding hearts and a few other things.
Two years have passed and I hate it. The bleeding hearts got over grown. They look beautiful in the spring then die off mid summer leaving HUGE holes in the landscaping. UGH. In this picture the bleeding hearts were already starting to die.
You can see in the back ground of this picture how overgrown they had gotten.
I had enough and decided it was time to fix it. I dug out the bleeding hearts and some ferns and Hubby dug out that nasty climbing rose. (I wrote about that rose bush here) I rose bush had tried to come back this year and bugs ate it to the quick. There was nothing left of it which made the decisions of getting rid of it so much easier.
I went to the nursery and to WalMart and started to fill in all the places I had gutted. A shepherd’s hook and bird feeders happened first. I’ve always wanted some and I’m hoping the childcare kids will love it. Any advice on getting birds to come would be great.
Then Hubby put the school bell in cementing it in place so it’s safe….See?
It’s a little sparse looking right now as the plants all need to fill out. In general, I’m okay with it now.
I ended up with quite a few astilbe….there are impatients along the border.
I think this chair will get a coat of white paint before this is the permanent home for it.
Now I need a rain to come and wash the dirt off the sidewalk.
It’s not grand or like most landscape as I’m leaving the dirt. I’ve never had much luck with wood chips or rock…. I’ll try to remember to give you an update Septemberish when it will have filled out some. For now, I’m just so thankful it’s this far done.