A few days ago I gave you some landscape design strategies in this post, and today I have a few more ideas for you.
At the nursery I decided to dig out an area where we could set our small pots. Great idea, but that left me with a mountain of dirt that you can see in this video. Amber made me climb the pile to do the video!
Because we need to do something with the huge pile of soil, and because we need a nice big bed in the nursery where we plant things that we’d like to take cuttings from, we rummaged through the rock pile, re-arranged the dirt pile a bit, and turned it into this landscape planting. I’ll walk you through some of the landscape design ideas and strategies that went into this thought process.
Broken rocks, bricks, patio stones and bones can be pretty doggone attractive.
When I first started clearly this property for the nursery I started finding all kinds of rocks, patio blocks, bricks, broken concrete blocks, chunks of concrete etc., so I just started a rock pile over in the poison ivy patch. Shudda given that more thought!
So Amber, Cathy and I started digging through the rock pile and with a sledge hammer we broke up any piece that looked to much like it was supposed to. At we first this seemed like a crazy idea and we started fishing out broken clay tiles, pieces of concrete that had been painted, just about every kind of random thing you can think of, including a bone! Yes, we found a big ole bone and decided that it too would go into this wall.
I’m not sure, but it could be Jimmy Hoffa’s hip bone. Don’t tell the feds, they’ll be out here digging up my nursery! If this is Jimmy Hoffa’s resting place then he’s a lucky guy in my book. Okay, so he wasn’t all that lucky but you know what I mean.
So armed with a pile of debris I turned Amber and Cathy loose on the wall and wished them well. They did an awesome job and I love the randomness of things that went into this little wall.
If you look closely you can see how many different kinds of things we found in that rock pile. No, we did not mortar, cement or glue the rocks into place, we just stacked them up making a wall. My Backyard Growers know that my motto is keep it simple, and by all means don’t over complicate a simple thing. If a rock or a hip bone comes loose we can just place back into the wall in a new spot.
The little tree is an Orangeola Japanese Maple. It is in the weeping laceleaf family of Japanese maples but this one changes colors and at different times of the year turns really, really orange. This little tree will be awesome in a few years. By the way, I think I have four Japanese maples in this planting and knowing me as I do, I’ll probably add more.
If you were looking at the little stone wall this area of the bed is to the left of that. In this photo there are two different kinds of Sprirea and notice that they are planted together in groups, not scattered all over the bed helter skelter. They are more effective and more striking when grouped together. The little orange tree off to the left is the Orange Dream Japanese maple. Orange Dream is an upright Japanese maple. I just planted a little bigger one in my landscape at home. I love the color of this little tree!
This is the right side of the planting. The little green tree right in the center of the photo is a Lion’s Head Japanese maple. The evergreen off to the right is a Weeping Nootka Cypress tree. The blue Junipers at the bottom of the photo are Blue Star Juniper, and the ones off to the left are Blue Rug Juniper. The Blue Rug Juniper actually go all across the top of the wall and down the other side. It won’t be long before they are cascading over the stone wall which should look great!
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I looked all over for those Blue Rug Juniper in a one gallon. Nobody had them. Everybody wanted to sell me 3 gallon plants for almost $20.00 each! The time has never been better for us backyard growers. And I’ll tell you this, if right now today, you had 500 Blue Rug Juniper liners that were about one year old, I’d buy them from you in a heart beat! Looking for those plants made realize that I need to get some in my nursery right now! Not to mention a lot of other things. What are you waiting for. Start Small and Make Some Money!
Up on top of the hill we have a number of Purple Sandcherry, Some Red Rose of Sharon, a few Burning Bush and a couple of Snow Mound Spirea with are more upright. The gold plants to the right of this picture are Gold Flame Spirea which is different than the Gold Mound Spirea planted on the opposite side.
If you look closely you’ll realize that the plants are strategically placed, taller plants near the top of the mound, medium height plants in front of those, then lower plants near the bottom of the mound, and of course the Blue Rug Juniper placed in such a way that it can creep over the stone wall.
Wow! This planting has more going on than I remembered and we just did it a week ago. If you look closely to the bottom right of the photo there is a single Stem Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. This is a plant that got the top broken off so I put it in the landscape. Remind me. By the end of the summer you won’t recognize some of these plants they will have changed so much.
On the other side of the stone wall there is another little tiny Weeping Japanese Maple that is called Nishiki Orida. It has variegated leaves!
As time goes on I’m sure that we will add a lot more to this planting.
Interesting enough you can see all the nursery stuff behind this planting which doesn’t do much for the planting itself, but the planting does wonder for the aesthetics of the nursery!
This planting so far has six specimen plants. The four Japanese maples, the Weeping Nootka Cypress and a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick. No, no that’s not right. Seven. There’s also a Weeping Pussy Willow right top dead center. Almost missed that.
Whaddya think? It was just a big pile of dirt two weeks ago.
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