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Landscaping: The Corner Garden, Part 1

The back corner of my yard sits under 3 giant oak trees where grass doesn't really grow and it's difficult to plant anything because of all the tree roots.   I attempted to make it cute by making a bird bath out of a stump, planting two azalea shrubs and ground covering vines, and laying down mulch.  However, my dog uses this corner to visit with the neighbors and she also decided it was her favorite spot to bury her bones. I figured it was time for a new game plan after she killed one of my azaleas and dug up all the mulch.

This is a work in progress since it's September right now and it'll be frosting and snowing before we know it, but I wanted to get a few things started before next spring.

The retainer wall stones I got at Home Depot for $1.88 each, the small pavers in the center were $1.84 each. Not cheap if I was doing a huge wall, but for this I only spent $35 - totally worth it and plus I had a gift card.

I I moved around the ground cover vines, and moved my German iris and hostas from another area in my yard. Lily had destroyed one of my rhododendrons to practically a nub, but it's still alive and growing so I planted it behind the hostas.  Hopefully it'll have a growth spurt in the spring.

Plans for the spring:

  • complete a small path through the center of the garden so Lily can go visit the neighbor
  • lay down cedar mulch
  • encourage vines to creep up the bird bath stump OR make a modern bird bath like this
  • move small fence and create another level of garden area



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