Yard project: barren island

Finally got around to fixing up a few things in the yard, namely, this “island” in the front. It had previously been filled with ajuga and Mondo grass, both of which eventually died. Grass had been gradually encroaching on it, so I took my trusty shovel edger and made a sharp cutoff edge around it.


The plan is to put down some type of edging in the line, then mulch the island and plant a mix of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and perennials. Using the software I bought to put together landscape renderings for clients, I’ve started working on some ideas.



Most of the island is covered by the canopy of a red oak, so my choices are mostly shade-tolerant plants like Camellias, Japanese maple, Boxwood, and the like. As you can see, I’m a big fan of Boxwoods. But the possibilities of different combinations of plants is almost limitless, so the challenge will be to narrow down the ideas and pick one…preferably before winter sets in.

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