Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Small Bed Project

Last year, J and I put in a new section of sidewalk to our front walk because the location of the mainwalk didn't work well with parking in front of the garage and having two cars. We were forced to walk over the yard rather than on the sidewalk to get to the front door. The project didn't take long and when we were done, we had this little triangle of ground that we just covered in pinestraw for the time being. I finally figured out what I wanted to do with it and got it done on Saturday morning.


Starting point

J did the prepwork buy raking off the pinestraw and taking out some of the dirt. I wanted to put in two different grasses that would stay alive and green all year, would be low maintenance and not impede movement from the driveway to the front door over time. So I picked to do a border in dwarf mondo grass and then put variated liriope in the center. The liriope is taller than the mondo grass but won't get much higher than its current 12 inches and it gets cute purple flowers in the summer. I had 14 dwarf mondo grasses that I wanted to go around the outside edge of the bed. They will eventually grow together to create a solid dark green grassy border that stays green all year long. I wanted to make sure I had them spaced out right before proceeding. I ended up planting the corners first and then moved in from there. I had to take out a bit of the dirt as I did and we used it in another spot in the yard.

Laying out the mondo grass

This is what the bed looks like after I got all the plants in and watered. I still need to put some mulch down, and I left some space between the liriope so I could put in seasonal accent colors or decorations. It should be functional but also nice looking all year long.

Finished product

11 comments:

j.a.g. said...

How long will it take to fill in and will we see anopther pic then?

Mishka said...

It will take a while for the plants to fill in but I will put the mulch in and it will look more "finished" than it does in the last pictures.

Chicken said...

Looks good sis!

Joanne said...

Cute!

Mind Sprite said...

That looks great. I love grasses like that, but I have to convince B that they don't look like weeds ;)

We've got some yardwork planned for this weekend, so you can be my inspiration!

kilgorsky said...

This is so cool. How do you find the time for al this?

One Wink at a Time said...

I was going to say exactly what kilgorsky said! Nice :-)

Haha said...

Looks great darling

Mishka said...

OWAAT and Kil- We did the entire thing on a Saturday morning. I purchased the plants the day before at a local nursery. I still need to get some bark mulch to finish it off but I am happy with how it turned out.

One Wink at a Time said...

I have an entire landscaping project for the back of our yard that has been in the back of my mind for about 5 years... One of these days... ;-)

P'nut said...

That looks really cute! I'll have to keep that in mind for my sister (she's a gardening fanatic).