This garden area up beside the front steps is all new this year. Eventually, shrubs and perennials will dominate the garden, but for this year, I planted some large annuals (from seed) to fill the space while the shrubs and perennials are still small. They're doing a great job, I'd say! Too bad there is snow forecast for this week...
Above: nicotiana sylvestris behind love-lies-bleeding (another annual) and helenium 'Mardi Gras' (perennial).
Pretty soon the flowers will be gone but I'll be enjoying the memories all winter! I am especially happy about my new view of the garden from inside the house:
Garden views from inside the house are such an important consideration when designing a garden - especially in Calgary when we're typically look out from inside for at least half the year! Here's what this view looked like last year before and after I took down 2 spruce trees from this area - what a difference!
To see how this garden looks at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.