Just for effect, let's start with a "before" picture from last summer. The second story is built but this still looks very much like a construction site...
And then it looked more recently like this:
And now this!
Since this blog has proven useful for our own records (and perhaps it'll be interesting/useful to others), here's the rundown on what we planted: most of the grasses are maiden grass, with some smaller blue arrow grasses in between. The trees are: a plum thundercloud (the red one on the corner), three heritage birches (interspersed with three burning bushes), and a stellar pink dogwood in front of the window by the porch. The evergreens to the side are a mix - we planted three smaller and two taller Emerald Greens, one Spartan Juniper, and two Green Giants. Along the rock wall, we planted phlox (in scarlet, emerald blue, and white delight), "beyond blue" fescue, and Japanese garden juniper.
Here are more "after" shots:
Working backwards a bit, here are a few in-progress pictures:
|Getting the dogwood in place|
|And planting the bed around it|
|Rock wall before landscape fabric and mulch were added|
|And one more "after" picture!|