“I want to dig out the boulevard garden”. That was my answer when Ted asked me what I would like to do on our 12th wedding anniversary. This was our second spring in our fixer-upper home. And, Ted had no idea that our yard was about to become a garden. “You want to do what!” He was in shock. The idea of spending a beautiful spring day removing the weedy grass and several pickup loads of soil did not at all sound like a romantic way to spend a 12th anniversary. But love can be displayed in so many ways. Sometimes with a twinkle in his eye Ted tells me, “The impossible we do immediately, miracles take a little longer”. That morning the impossible started.
Our boulevard garden or street facing garden or “hell strip” as Lauren Springer, renowned author of “The Passionate Gardener” calls them, is 8ft by 50ft. It is dry, hot and sits in full sun. In the winter after a snowfall the snow plow spreads sand and plows the streets. In doing so, sand and gravel gets thrown onto the boulevard strips of grass, eventually raising the level of the grass until the grass sits above the curbs. That was the case in our very old yard.
So we went to work. We dug out several pickup loads of dirt and gave them to a friend who was building raised beds. Ted then spread sand as a base for the stepping stones that we placed in the garden.
There are 2 “pods” on each side of the center walkway. Notice the Mock Orange (philadelphus)
Drought tolerate plants like Lambs Ears(Stachys), Salvia and Coreopsis flourish in this garden
In the summer purple, white and pink Echinacea bloom along with the a tall yellow Heliopsis. Next to it on the left is Perovskia (Russian Sage) On the right you can see Achillea (Coronation Gold Yarrow).
The boulevard strip was the first garden. This spring I will show you the low maintenance changes I have made to the front garden.