We're making major progress this week on what I've just decided to call Project: Landscape This House For Crying Out Loud Because You've Lived in It for Five Years!
Let's recap what's been going on with PLTHFCOLBYLIIFFY to this point...
Earlier in the year, I enlisted the help of a local and very knowledgeable gardening consultant because I know next to nothing about horticulture. Based on my longing for a cottage garden, the consultant drew up a landscaping plan that incorporates flowering shrubs like roses, hydrangeas, peonies, and gardenias, as well as evergreen shrubs for year-round color, and space for perennial flowers.
The next major step was completed in June when the beds were installed. Here's one of the beds as it was just before being dug.
My husband and I enjoy DIY projects, but decided it was worth it to hire a crew to come in and knock out the beds in a day. It most definitely was.
Then it took about three months for me to finally put down landscaping fabric to keep weeds at bay while we waited to plant in the fall. Here's the same bed from above, covered in landscape fabric, and waiting for plants.
With fall finally here, my husband and I went to the State Farmers Market in Raleigh last Friday to purchase the majority of the landscaping plants.
A friend had serendipitously told me in August about a wholesale nursery that sells to the public at the State Farmers Market. I visited the nursery's Web site and it turned out they could supply the great majority of the plants called for in the landscaping plan. What good fortune! And the best part? All of their 3-gallon plants are just $10 each.
So where we are now is that the plants are going in the ground this week! And yes, we're a bit messy when we work.
Once the beds are mulched, I'll be back with more details on the plants we've used. But I am already so happy with the this pretty little Ducher rose and the gorgeous-smelling gardenias.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from you more experienced gardeners about perennial flowers you like. I live in zone 7 and have already planted coreopsis, daisies, sedum, and penstemon. I really like coneflowers and zinnias, but beyond that, I'm all ears for suggestions!