My front yard is mostly in its final shape, and has the potential to be truly glorious. Right now it is lovely but not yet glorious. Here are some pictures I took this morning.
So the front yard has two parts–the top is fairly sunny and things there grow strongly. It’s quite level and easy to maintain. It includes the side section all along the driveway that gets both morning and afternoon sun. This section is pretty easy to deal with.
The lower part of the front yard slopes down toward the road. The two giant maple trees reach out over it and shade it all summer. There are lots of low rock walls and most things grow well, now that I’ve figured out the hard way what plants hate it there. The ligularia need a new home that is more moist. This wettish year they’re OK, but most years they languish, so I’m going to give away my three ligularia. If you have a wet shady spot come and get them. The ferns and bleeding hearts are starting to take over down there, so I’ll be weeding out the ferns and moving the bleeding hearts. Also, it needs more barnyard dirt added this year, and some wall repair. I’m planning to work on this garden in the next week (weather permitting) now that the back yard is done.