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Update of the lower back garden

Just a quickie post – I’m quite thrilled with the way the lower corner of my back garden is taking shape. Just four months ago this area was ruined by plumbing works and I was left with a really horrid looking corner, full of rubble and poor soil and a lot of very sad little plants.

After improving the soil, laying lawn and paying this area some attention with selects plants, its starting to take shape. At the moment it looks a lot like a “foliage garden”. Very little flowering here at the moment, but thats ok. I’ll add a few summer flowering plants when I find the right ones.

Before …


After …


Quite a difference a few months make! I’m loving my ” combinations” – most will stay, a few might get moved around but for now I’m enjoying all the greenery. The ‘patches’ you see in the lawn are an indication of how much my dogs are ‘enjoying’ the lawn too. C’est la vie, I’m not looking for perfection, just a garden for us (dogs and all) to enjoy.

Here are a few more shots of the greenery …

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Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

8 replies on “Update of the lower back garden”

The color of the fence in the background illuminates the composition. I like it just the way it is.

Can’t discern from the photo if the short grasses you used are Carex or Hakonechloa , but the placements of the grasses is brilliant.

Oh my WORD!! How absolutely fabulous it all looks!!! LOVE LOVE the combinations and the greens and textures and feel!! What a knock out!! Well done my friend – you have created heaven on Earth!!! 🙂 for Dex too …heehee

Thanks my friend – I love the area now, its really coming along. Dex seems to like it too, he treats it with lots of respect now, tip-toeing around in it!

Really nice! The fescue really jumps out there.

I was going to say that it might need one more plant, or a pot, sculpture, or big rock — something in front of the tall cattail-looking plant in the back, but then realized that you should probably give these guys a year or two to fill in a bit before adding more. 🙂

Hi Alan – I totally agree it needs one more “something” at the back there – I see it every day and think that. But I can’t decide what and I’m also not sure yet that I want to keep the one spindly looking non-tree there – (on the left) not sure if its really obvious in the photos what I’m talking about – my point is – you are 100% right that there is something missing …

Do you think a creeper on the wall would work? That’s one idea I’ve been playing with, but I’m not sure. It might get too “dark” back there if I do that?

PS: The Fescue is my absolute fave plant right now – it just twinkles in there – I love it!

Get a “big” colorful ceramic pot, and put something not too overpowering in it. That should work for a little while, and if you don’t like it, move it! Something on the wall might work, but I like having the “blank” wall as contrast for the plants in front.

Give it a try though — don’t let me talk you out of anything!

I also forgot to say earlier that I first thought this post was going to be about your lower back, as if you injured it or something. Glad to see that it wasn’t. 😉

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