We got one (flower) bed finished yesterday, and another one begun. I'm sorry I didn't get befores, but these beds were in such bad shape, I'm not too sorry! I didn't get nearly everything done I should have last year because my dad was in the hospital a lot and there just wasn't time.
My husband bought the mulch, and got a terra cotta dyed mini bark mulch. It's not what I would have chosen (I like more natural colored stuff), but with the terra cotta colored stepping stones, it really matches the brick around the front porch, so it's all good. This is a fairly large bed, and I need to get in and out to water and maintain the plants, so I really like the addition of the stepping stones.
Iris, foxglove and monarda (bee balm). The monarda was dug up from my aunt's yard, so it's a little droopy, but it will be fine when the roots get a taste of good soil and fertilizer!
- Most everything has to be bird, butterfly and/or bee friendly
- Most everything has to be perennial - or comes back year after year
- Many different colors, textures, sizes and shapes of plant matter
My favorite colors of blooms are pinks, blues, purples and whites, but I add a little red, orange and yellows in the mix, too.
Well, I need to get dressed and back out in the yard. Check back in in upcoming days and see what's going on here at Camellia Cottage! Blessings, Becky