#1,584 Getting Serious.

The time has come.

We’re gettin serious about the yard and shop, finally.

We’ve got a plan in place and are getting quotes from different contractors to see who can make it happen for a fair price, but we will soon be building this shop:

Except with a shingled roof, yellow walls, white trim, and stained wood doors (to match our house)… On the slab we had poured back in September.

And Jesse came over to remulch our front beds this afternoon, which has me fired up to finally put in the sidewalk herb garden I’ve been dreaming about this weekend. Here’s what we’re working with (check out that tiny triangle of flowers between the front walk and sidewalk). In 2011 we planted lantana in these beds that bloomed like crazy. AND I LOVED THEM! Was totally the cottagey, English, tiny bloom, wild look I was going for. It bloomed spring and fall for 2 years then inexplicably died and never came back. How does that happen? Seriously, how?

I might try a few lantanas again, and with any luck, we’ll have something sort of like this going on right along the sidewalk, parallell with the house at 7′ x 14′ on each side of the walkway, facing the street instead of the tiny triangle beds in the corners :

These two images (above and below) are my biggest inspiration. Help!

I know I really want lavender and rosemary, but PLEASE can any of you flower geniuses (I know you’re out there!) tell me what the other flowers are, or what I can use to get the effect? I’d like it to be a linear bed that goes from shortest to tallest but I don’t know a good short plant down front (something greeny and herby or cabbagey), medium in middle (lavender and rosemary?) and then something tall and wispy. Only shades of purple and white and only perennials—hopefully requiring little maintenance and blooming fall and spring. I’m open to suggestions, so please… Go!


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Daily Journal

10 thoughts on “#1,584 Getting Serious.

  1. I think the russian sage that i have in my front flower beds would do well on your back row– it may get a little too big for your climate without a hard spring prune– but it gives great contrast and texture and i think follows that look pretty well!

    • I LOVE Russian sage! I potted it on the porch last year and it did well. I didn't know it could get tall because mine just sort of trailed.. Maybe I had a different variety?

  2. Thyme and oregano might work as your short plants in the front – they creep along the ground, but they're easy to trim back. One thing to remember is that there are several varieties of each type of herb (including lavender) that look different, so definitely take that into consideration. I think the pictures above have English Lavender. Also, stay away from mint! It's way too hard to keep from taking over everything else. Good luck 🙂

  3. Nepeta racemosa "Walker's Low Catmint". Beautiful gray green foliage and it typically blooms twice a year, lovely light purple blooms. It gets about 18" tall, and has a nice mounding quality. It's not like spearmint or peppermint, and it won't take over the universe. Loves full sun, and is very drought tolerant.

  4. How about Shasta dasies, holly hocks, fox gloves or Larkspur:) If you are ever in search of a vine with a lacy white flower, you might like a potato vine..I love mine

  5. You ladies are the BEST. I got so many ideas from y'all. I finally picked some flowers! Will blog about em tomorrow!

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