I am truly enjoying my new front entry garden, which was planted only last year. It catches the morning light and can be seen from my living room - the irises and poppies are blooming right now. Have you considered views from the house when you designed your garden? You should.
Although it's only a year old, it is filling in nicely so I'll show you a wider view of this garden area shortly (when I can take a picture without so many shadows - not that I'm complaining or anything...)
This is my favourite time of year for the back Shade Garden! Lots of spring blooms happening at the moment. There's pink bergenia, yellow leopard's bane, white anemones, and orange geums. BTW that's a new gate in the back corner - the previous one was old and incredibly ugly so I always cropped it out of pictures. Now you can enjoy a wider view!
To see this garden at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.
This little garden area is actually on the edge of the sunny Adventure Garden, but gets shade until early evening, so I'm never sure whether I should classify it under the Adventure Garden or the Back Shade Garden (which is right next door on the other side of the path). Maybe I should call it something completely different, like the Bird Bath garden?
But anyhoo, it doesn't really matter, does it? The point is, I love it at this time of year with the pink bergenia and yellow leopard's bane in bloom, and the feather reed grass adding lots of contrasting texture. So while this looks like a sunny garden, these are all plants that will do well for you in a fairly shady spot.
Here's a similar picture to the one in my last post - but this time with sunshine! What a difference!! As a gardener in a semi-arid climate I'm usually grateful for rain, but that weather was getting me a little down. How about you? If I wanted constant rain and cloud I would move to Vancouver, thank you very much.
Anyway, finally, I was able to enjoy the evening light backlighting this garden - this effect makes evening my favourite time of day for viewing this area of the garden which is especially fortunate since that is the time of day I am at home during the week!
Have you thought about planning your garden around the times of day you will typically be able to enjoy it?