Sunday, May 8, 2011

Japanese Garden: Mission Accomplished

I think I'm done in the Japanese Garden.  I couldn't get my head wrapped around planting anything directly in front of that rock, even though a mass of irises did seem like it would work.

Instead, I took the two dwarf Alberta spruces I had flanking the breezeway and moved them here, planted diagonally, leaving the rock pretty much alone.

We have so many stones, some so pretty, and I'll be creating a "pool" of these at the base of the big rock.

All that's left is to clean up the bed, edge it, and mulch it.

Should make for a super low-maintenance bed, with the annual pruning of the lower branches of the Star magnolia (I like it in tree form, not shrub form), being the most I'll have to do.

I'm looking forward to the lemon threads growing eight to twelve feet behind and to the side of the boulder, while the Bright Gold Dwarf in the front of the garden will only reach two to three feet.

Eventually, all of the plantings on the right will mass together while the plantings on the left are upright and rather conical.

It's my yin-yang method and I like it.

I want to find the right statute/sculpture/thingamajig.

And I want the Japanese Maple to pull through.


  1. Wendy, don't be "cranky". :) you made me chuckle. I wish I could hand them over the gate to you.

    I haven't had time to do much blogging but just went back and looked as some of your recent posts: love what you're doing; the obelisks are great and absolutely love the boulders. You might consider a small ornamental grass at one of the edges so that it occasionally touches the rock when the breeze blows. I am looking forward to your progress.

  2. oops, also some ground cover not far from the rock that can grow towards it: I love wooley thyme and/or some scotch moss or irish moss... soft, creeping, touching.. Ok, I'm headed out to plant grapes.

  3. Diana, you're planting GRAPES? Soooooo jealous. Frank hates ornamental grasses and those are the days I hate Frank. Yin and Yang. I thought blue fescue would be lovely, but my husband is a "think inside the suburban box hick" and so I can't win these wars, until, of course, I cook meals that make him feel queasy. So much to do out here... I pick my battles. For now, this Japanese bed is DONE! And if a grass happens to grow here "oops", Diane did it. Not me.

  4. One of the things you are creating at this early stage is great "bones". Lots of rocks, anchor shrubs and trees, and structure. Later as things fill in and come together you can add more stuff in and around the solid backbones of your garden and it will suddenly make you go "aha".

  5. That's right, Laurrie. The jewelry always comes at the end. But I feel good about this. The minor details will fall into place at just the right time. Are you loving this weather we're having????



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