I planted these weigela bushes several years ago, and they took over the area, making it look weedy and overgrown. I love the weigela bushes, but I've always hated this area and never really knew what to do with it.
|Weigela bushes makes area look weedy|
Ugly right? Well, one thing was for sure - the weigela bushes had to go*.
I finally got an idea of what I could do with this dry, full sun area of my yard on a trip to California in 2011. This beautiful succulent garden inspired me and I knew it would be perfect in my trouble spot. I was going to call it my succulent garden.
|Succulent garden in CA, my inspiration for this project|
|Garden trouble spot, dry with full sun|
I added some of the succulents and cactus, and things were starting to come together. I knew I wanted something tall in the left corner, maybe a fountain or a large planter. But I couldn't find anything I liked for that spot, so I lost my motivation. And, like usual, I had a million projects going on at the same time, so this one was left unfinished. Here's how the area looked last fall.
|Started planting succulent garden|
Well, it's a good thing I waited, because I found the perfect idea for a planter this winter (I'll tell you more about that in a future blog post!). It helps to hide some of the utilities that are on that side of the house. Plus, I planted succulents in the planter that will eventually cascade over the top to soften up the planter, and add even more color to the garden. Once I had that figured out, the rest of the project came together easy.
Here's the result...
|My succulent Zen garden|
I wanted a lot of color in the area, so I chose several different types of succulents with colorful foliage, which will bloom too. There are many different types of succulents that are hardy to zone 4. I also added a hardy cactus and yucca to the garden.
The most expensive part of this project was the large flat river rock I used. I love the look of this rock. It was what drew me to the garden I saw in California, so I had to get it. I was able to justify the cost of the rock because I didn't have to buy any plants, and the planter was pretty inexpensive to make.
|Succulent Zen garden|
Once established, this should never need to be watered. This is great project for anyone who has a trouble spot in their garden where little else will grow, or someone who wants a low maintenance garden.
What do you think of my new succulent Zen garden?
*Disclaimer: no weigela bushes were harmed in the process of building this garden, they were moved to a new spot, where they look much better.
Update 06/19/2012: Here's the blog post on how I created the planter in the corner... Building a Cinder Block Planter