Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brick garden complete

The last time I showed you the brick garden path, it looked like this:

Brick path back in mid-March
Here are some updates, now that the sod has been laid and plants are established.  Right around the brick path and along our back porch, we laid fescue sod, which is doing really well.  We also seeded in the area surrounding that and our grass seedlings are starting to blend in with the sod so the harsh corners of the grassy area are now rounded off and extended to a broader area.

Completed brick path and garden around the greenhouse
In the garden between the brick path and the greenhouse we have planted Blue Star Junipers (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'), Gauras (Oenothera), Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Valley Rose') and mouse tail plants (Arisarum).  You can also see in the picture above that I have pulled out many of my plants from the greenhouse, my potting bench is in getting use and there are pots all over the place.

Blue star juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')
The Forsythia is all green now, with the yellow blooms of Spring gone.  But the Gauras (Oenothera) have established themselves well and are covered  in really nice pink blooms.

Gaura (Oenothera), Juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star') and Forsythia
Opposite the Forsythia bush is a variegated Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense 'Variegata'), which I think really helps carry the feel of the garden around the corner with the brick path.  The Privet is in the olive family, Oleaceae.

Privet bush (Ligustrum sinense 'Variegata'), which helps your eye round the corner
The Privet has been blooming, although you wouldn't know it unless you were looking at it as closely as I have been.  The flowers (pictured below) are tiny and have a sweet fragrance if you get your nose right up on them.

Extreme close-up of the Privet bush (Ligustrum sinense 'Variegata') blooms


  1. What a pretty area now. It is remarkable what some grass and beautiful plants can add. Good job!

  2. Can I just be jealous of your greenhouse? And your plant zone?? I am one of those poor souls who has to make do with low lighting indoors for a lot of disillusioned plants (who believed all my promises of a better life...) Yet, someday, I WILL have a sunroom!!!
    I am here to beg for info re your source for the glorious rhaphidophora tetrasperma cuttings from some time back... Might Beth from Mississippi be open to my purchase of some cuttings as well? I have searched a while for that plant and have never found one for sale! Anyway, I hope she's interested, and I appreciate your help if you have the time.
    And keep posting great houseplant photos on your blog-- there aren't enough of them out there!