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Boulevard Garden : Part 1

My Newly Planted Boulevard Garden
Hope you guys all had a super sweet long weekend, I know I did (minus the no sun and cold weather part). I spent a few afternoons over the last week digging up the north side of my boulevard garden, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the results! I’ve mentioned before that last year I attempted to dig up the front boulevard garden, remove the weeds and reseed it with grass seed specifically engineered for a boulevard garden. Unfortunately, the weeds came back and after waiting a few weeks this spring there was no sign of any grass.

Time for round two. I decided that the whole boulevard needed an overhaul. I originally planted it 4 summers ago, and I’ve learned a lot about plants and gardening since then. First of all, a lot of the plants I was using weren’t hardy for this rugged hellstrip between the sidewalk and the street. Secondly, I should’ve amended the soil, to aid plant growth, and graded the landscape, as to prevent dirt and mulch from falling into the sidewalk and street every time it rained.

Digging up the boulevard
Taking a few of the tricks I had learned over the years, I dug up the north side of the boulevard last week. Finn and I removed all the weeds and roots and regraded the garden tapering the soil around the edges and letting it sit a good 2-3″ below the sidewalk and curb, thus leaving enough room for mulch and preventing run-off due to rain.

Plants Used in the Garden
I showed you last week my plans for the garden, and I followed ’em to a tee. Having a solid plan in place took out the on-site guess work, and made for nice and tidy landscaping. My favorite parts of the new garden are the boulders stacked in a small semi circle, adding texture and dimension, and a stone path for visitors to use. I’m really excited to see how it all grows in over the summer.

Here’s what I planted:

▽ Elijah Blue Fescue

▽ Sedum Spurium (aka stone crop)

▽ Sweet Iris (aka Pallida Iris)

▽ Siberian Butter & Sugar Iris

▽ Cameo Hostas

▽ Salvia Caradonna

▽ Peppermint Twist Phlox

▽ Purple Lamium (aka Purple Dragon)

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7 comments… add one
  • Rosie May 28, 2013

    Looks fab. That phlox is gorgeous!

    • Scoops May 29, 2013

      Thanks, I’m excited to see it bloom!

  • Dana May 28, 2013

    Looking good! Now we just need one day without rain and a little bit of sun.

    • Scoops May 29, 2013

      I know, I think we had a little sun this morning, I hope it lasts! I am in desperate need of sunshine, as I’m sure we all are.

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