And now here comes my favorite part of the patio project so far. No project feels quite as complete as when you finally plant something. OK I suppose that only holds true for gardening projects but it really is the exciting part! Welcome to the Japanese Maple Garden! It’s a small raised bed made from the edging stones that I used around the patio. To either side of the garden are the beginnings of pathways to the yard. They will be worked on in subsequent phases of our backyard project with the sidewalk pathway on the left tentatively scheduled for next year. I have to make sure I can get the work crew back for phase 2…oh wait, that’s me! The pathway on the top side of the garden will be natural stone stepping stones inset in the grass so that I can mow over them easily.
Here’s a view from the other side of the garden which would be on the patio. The pots on the far side are two lemon trees and a grapefruit tree I grew from seed. I won’t show you how they look right now as they suffer from SNS (Summer Neglect Syndrome). I put them farther away from the house than I should have to conveniently water them. The grapefruit doesn’t look bad but the lemons aren’t very happy citrus trees right now. I hope they can make it through the winter in the garage alright! Anyway they are off topic, back to the Japanese maple garden!
I also planted two discount threadleaf coreopsis plants in the garden. I’m not sure of the variety but they have a light purplish to pinkish colored bloom. On the other side will go two discount Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ that I have in pots on the front porch. I’ll move them into the ground before temperatures fall too much.