To celebrate? Mr. Man and I ripped out the hideous fence around the tiny front yard. I don't know why this fence bothered me so much. It's just your standard, ordinary grey metal fence. But it seemed so ridiculous to have a three-foot fence around such a small space (picture below is from late last summer.)
In addition to making weeding and planting next to impossible, the fence felt so....I don't know....... Conservative? Unfriendly? Go away-ish? So - two muscle relaxants needed after - out it came! Now I have the enviable task of figuring out what to plant there. Such a rough life.
Here's an after:
Here are my current thoughts about planting this bed:
- Existing plants=Eh. There are some boring pale pink sedum, and a few wimpy variegated hosta that might flesh out with the application of composted cow manure. I left them for now because I'm not opposed to keeping existing plants, they just don't excite me.
- I want four season interest as much as possible. That lovely rhododendron (which I cut back after buds set last fall) definitely helps, but more winter interest would be great.
-The look should be lush but not busy, with a color scheme that utilizes the color and shape of the foliage as much as the color and shape of flowers. I want the color scheme to accent the orange brick.
- I don't want anything that spreads like crazy. So don't even think of suggesting beebaum or mint.
- LOW maintenance please.
- It gets full sun. Except under the rhododendron.
So, what do you think I should plant? Any local landscapers want to help me in exchange for a few grateful shout outs and free ad space?