While I was messing around in my backyard doing this and that, I had an epiphany. I had been wanting to create a native plant garden somewhere in my backyard ever since we moved in. I love native plants and have been collecting them and keeping them in pots for the last several years, which is not really good for them. I had a place for this garden mapped out for a while, but was feeling a bit underwhelmed by the location and overwhelmed by the work it would take to prep it. Then I found the perfect spot. It got a tiny bit of sun but was mostly shady (perfect for native woodland plants), was not being used for anything else, was on a side of the house that needed some love, and was relatively bare of stuff to make prepping the bed easier. I jumped at Shawn for his approval as soon as he came home from work, and 3 hours later, we had a native plant garden that we were super proud of.
|After!!! From left: red and evergreen huckleberry, wood sorrel, and deer fern, sandwiched by bunches of vanilla leaf. The mulch is stuff we found on Craigslist for free. It's arborist's mulch, made mostly of Douglas fir. It smells really nice.|
|Vanilla leaf! It smells so good. We had a huge patch of it that we split into 4 sections.|
|Red huckleberry, a little sunburnt, but it should get better in its new shady spot.|