Backyard sidewalk project and new Garden bed can be called done. The native grasses are planted and the beginning of having a backyard oasis has begun.
"G" and I spent yesterday taking up more old concrete. We decided to try and do at least 2 chunks of concrete a day instead of him hurting himself trying to get it done in a weekend.
So I got outside early this morning and leveled the bed and started laying plants out to see what I liked.
I bought 4 Reed Grasses (Karl Foerster) for the back and 3 Ribbon Grasses (Strawberries and Cream) for the front.
I played with a straight line effect and then pondered a staggered line.
In the end a straight line won. Simple, brings a touch of formal to this garden bed. When these puppies grow up, it should look great.
As you can see there is a different kind of oasis going on by the back door. All the old pavers laying in a "Waiting for a new Home" pile.
I am contemplating on re-using them for a landing for a industrial / Rustic potting bench I have in mind.
But to be honest, as much as my back hurts hauling mulch, and broken up concrete?
I am going to pull a Miss Scarlet and say
can't think about that right now. I'll think about it tomorrow.
The Reed Grasses in the back row should only get about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Which usually means 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide when fully grown. So they should help disguise the "function" part of having internet and power to the house.
This is my first time planting native grasses. I always buy flowers. I admit, it took a bit of mental coaxing to not fall back on coneflowers or daisies.
Anything with a flowering bud!
It's a nice change though.
The Ribbon Grass in the front row should only get about 2 feet tall, so I should get some good contrast when things fill in a bit more. The only thing that's need now is some Ibuprofen and a nice alcoholic beverage.
This is how I spent my day, how'd you spend yours?