While the snow is coming down I thought I would put together a rough draft garden layout of the gardens I hope to cultivate around the greenhouse once it is complete.
The Landscape Garden Layout around my Greenhouse/Gardenshed
Garden Landscape Layout for around Our Greenhouse Shed (not to scale)
When planning out a landscape project like this the first thing I do is factor in what is already there. In this case the tree line in the upper right, the wild cherry trees on the left, the maple tree in the lower left and the willow on the right were planted before the greenhouse was started. In fact the beds on the bottom were begun before the greenhouse too. The right perennial bed doesn’t go very far yet but will be expanded over time. The two ‘Shenandoah’ switch grasses and crape myrtles were planted in 2009. The crape myrtles were from cuttings.
The bridge is on my project list for this year and I hope to use only reclaimed or recycled wood to construct it. I’d like it to resemble a Japanese footbridge but it all depends on the materials I have on hand. The shade bed on the top of the garden layout right now is just a large mound of dirt left over from the excavation underneath the greenhouse. Some of the dirt will go to fill a raised bed in the vegetable garden.
Stepping stones will create a shortcut to the greenhouse front landing which will be made from a few 4″x6″s left over from greenhouse construction and decorative gravel.
The goal of this area is to section it off into it’s own garden spot. The layout is not to scale and will probably change but it’s good to have a place to start. Of course most of this will have to wait until the greenhouse is completed and the new raised beds are built for the vegetable garden, but I like to plan ahead!