Never mind the rather unfortunate green shade on our newly painted house–nothing to do about it, so I’ll just make the garden so beautiful that no one notices the house siding. Below is the kitchen garden, after Sam and I took everything out, except the one hosta whose roots appear to be sunk to China.
Here is the same garden before we tackled it:
Besides taking everything out, we also completely removed the lower tier and the lower short rock wall. Let me show a photo from a few years ago of this garden newly made (you can see why we had to paint the house!):
Here it is in early May, 2010, after I added the second tier of rocks:
But it doesn’t stay this neat. It almost always looked like this picture taken in 2012:
So, now that it’s emptied out, Here’s my plan.
- stop trying to get rid of the bishop’s weed (Aegopodium podagraria “variegatum”) that’s all through there and can’t be eradicated anyway.
- stop trying to get rid of the stinging nettles that came along with the barnyard dirt we used to fill the new bed at the start.
- buy some nice GREEN and WHITE plants, including patriot hosta; a small white hydrangea; variegated Solomon’s Seal (I already bought these from White Flower Farm).
- Add in from plants I already have: sweet woodruff, sweet cicely, snowdrops, white bleeding heart, other hostas, tiarellia, and others I’m not remembering right now.
The idea: an all green and white garden. Should be spectacular! I plan to keep cutting the stinging nettles for the soup pot as they grow.