Geez! What is wrong with me! All this summertime business is interrupting my work flow. I took these photos on May 31st, I swear. I love this time of year in the garden because things change so rapidly and quickly and it is so fun to watch and be a part of. If only the weeds didn’t want to grow as fast as all my perennials.
If you’re new around here, let me get you up to speed. Every summer since 2012 I document the happenings of my garden and post at the end of every month. I just spent the better part of the morning going through my old monthly gardening posts and archiving them for you here if you’re interested in seeing the progress. I highlight what’s blooming as well as the overall look of the space. It’s been a really good way for me to keep track of plants and see the progress and changes in the garden year to year. So let me take you on a little tour.
This is the sunniest garden along the path from the house to the garage. At the end of last summer I did an impromptu replanting. The Hosta border had grown too large and was suffocating all the other plants so I decided to remove every other Hosta and replant some of the perennials that were getting squished.
The garden bed by the back of the garage is starting to become my favorite of them all. I love the urn and I can’t wait for it to be overflowing with petunias. I can’t get enough of all the textures of the pretty Hosta and Maiden Hair Ferns that are tucked around the base of the Dogwoods. These Dogwoods are pruned twice a season to force this more structure tree like shape.
Back in that corner is our patio – I’ll share more of that in the June post. It wasn’t in tip top shape for me to share in this post.
The Bleeding Heart is always the first perennial to pop up in our garden. The kids still get excited to see it.
Variegated Solomon’s Seal.
I’ve been giving the fire pit zone a mini facelift. New clean lined Adirondack chairs and a modern cast iron fire pit. We’re still waiting for our first fire. I moved the old chairs to the cabin and they are currently sitting out on our soon to be revealed, “Dock Deck”.
This is the year that the boulevard garden has finally become something to really feel proud of. It’s been years in the making. This strip between the street and the sidewalk gets so much wear and tear that it’s really been a struggle for plants to thrive. I think I’m finally hitting the right combination of plants for my area and they are all becoming mature enough that the space is really looking great.
This is the foundation garden around the front of the house. I lost a few of the Heuchera (aka coral bells) this season, so I am replanting with two new purple coral bells. I also purchased my first shrub (you can kinda see it off to the left side of this pic), it’s a small red-flowered Spirea. I’ll get the proper name for it and share next time around.
Birdie the cat and the manicured boulevard garden in the background.
I love my window box this year! I found black petunias AND petunias with a black center and white outer. I am so in love with this look. I can’t wait till it’s overflowing. I’m going to order a new-to-me drip irrigation system and integrate it to my hose timer so that I can make sure the boxes are getting watered daily. I spent too much time looking for a smart timer for my hose and couldn’t find anything that seemed worthy of buying. If any of you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.
There’s the new Spirea I was talking about.
I never shared with you guys last year that I removed my raised beds. Since the cabin purchase, I haven’t been able to give the veggie gardens the care they deserve so I removed the beds and added a new perennial side garden. I’m still installing the paver boarder, but you can see how this path leads to the back yard. I planted another Hydrangea tree, some Salvia and a few Phlox. I have a basil and tomato plant that are waiting to be put in the ground too – because a girl still needs to grow something.
This is my ruby tears crab apple. It wasn’t supposed to get this big but I love it, it’s such a great back drop to our hammock (which the kids love to play on still).
Dogwood flower (heart eyes emoji).
This is absolutely my idea of a dream garden!! I took screenshots of almost every photo so that I may show my local nursery. It’s simple beautiful! And that hammock, please tell me where I can purchase it. I have the perfect spot for it!
Hey Shilo! So glad you found inspiration here. We love the hammock, and use ours all the time. We’ve had the frame for probably 5 or 6 years and it is held up well, it needs a new coat of stain, but besides that, it’s not splitting or anything. Here is the link. The hammock is equally as great, but I leave it out all summer and I usually have to replace it every other year. I buy the exact same one every time, you can find the link here.
I love and look forward to your garden photos every year! Your garden is beautiful!
Thank you so much, Bridget!
I so look forward to your garden posts! We have very similar amounts of sun and shade at our house and I’m always getting great ideas from you. So Thanks!
Amanda, So happy to hear that my posts help when it comes to choosing perennials for your garden. I get so much inspiration from gardeners in my area too, I have a walking route where I go visit all of my favorite gardens.
Love it, I am amazed at how full everything is, my stuff was in the shade of the fence and it took forever for even the hostas to come up this year. Where did you buy your phlox and do you have a favorite garden center in the cities? Christine in SLP
Hi Christine! The shadier stuff definetley takes longer, and fullness probably depends on how many years any perennial has been growing for as well, so don’t be discouraged. My all time favorite nursery is in Minnetonka and is called Tonkadale Greenhouse (especially for my window boxes annuals), I stop in at Bachman’s a lot as well.
It’s so peaceful just to scroll through photos of your garden. Can’t imagine how it is in person! Thanks for sharing. I love your color choices!
Hi Ana! When it’s tidy and weeded it is very satisfying to spend time in. I’m so happy that you guys still like reading these posts.
It looks so pretty Scoops!
Awh, thank you Vanessa!
Any tips on installing a paved border? I’ve been looking for a year to find the “right” bricks but unsure! Love your garden posts!
Your garden is so inspirational and I love your mix of perennials! Do you know if that’s a Pagoda Dogwood in the back yard? I am hunting for the same variety if you know any details. It has such a graceful, old fashioned feel to it which I am aiming for as well. I’m headed to southern MN tomorrow to help our daughter and SIL create their own garden loosely based off of your yard. Thanks for sharing your beautiful yard with us Allison!