New Backyard Flower Bed

My husband and I have been busy with gardening and landscaping work over the last few months. However, our most recent project included establishing a flower bed in our backyard. Unfortunately our backyard has many challenges, such as limited grass, many bare spots, high sun exposure, slight run off area when it rains, and weeds (both high and low varieties). In the future we are looking to put in a walk pathway, but in the meantime we did not want to plant grass or do much until the walk pathway has been laid down. So, we decided to add a flower beds to help define the area better and cover more space and to minimize the weeds.

The flower bed is set along side of the house that faces the Southwest side and receives high sun and heat for over 6 hours each day. We choose to plant native perennial plants to help conserve water and provide much needed color for the backyard. All of the plants were purchased at Home Depot, when they had their 5 for $10.00 perennial sale.

The following plants were planted in the flower bed along side of the house:

– Two Lavender plants

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/Lavendula.htm

– Two Autumn Red Sage plants

http://www.azarboretum.org/plantlist/autumnsage.htm

– Two Mealy Blue Salvia

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=safa2

– Two Bluehill Salvia

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/84778/

– Lipstick Saliva

http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/03202.html

Here are some pictures from the progression of this flower bed:

 

Native Flower Bed-Removal of Grass

Native Flower Bed-Removal of Grass

Native Flower Bed-Borders

Native Flower Bed-Borders

Native Flower Bed_-New Home

Native Flower Bed_-New Home

Native Flower Bed-Autumn Sage Saliva

Native Flower Bed-Autumn Sage Saliva

Native Flower Bed-Garden Bed Prep

Native Flower Bed-Garden Bed Prep

Native Flower Bed-Lining up the plants

Native Flower Bed-Lining up the plants

New Native Flower Bed_Decision made on plant location(s)

New Native Flower Bed_Decision made on plant location(s)

 

I am happy to report the plants have survived the summer and are still blooming.

Happy Gardening.

-Sandra

 

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