Evolving Garden Beds Start with Stones and Compost

This week my neighbor said that when he passed by 5 years ago and saw that I had huge stones moved into the front yard he wondered what I thought I was doing.
The beginning, 2006. One of two beds near the right of way.

Summer, 2007: Compost and mulch made a bed for annuals.

Late summer, 2007: Mostly annuals while bamboo stakes mark
where crape myrtles will go.

March, 2007

I can, too grow tulips! These are treated as annuals here.
Tulips for Spring 2012 are in pots. Daffodils are permanent.
Spring, 2008: Fading bulbs are replaced by spring annuals like California poppies and larkspur  while Azaleas show off in the background.

Winter, 2008

February, 2009: Dormant perennials are under mulch while spring daffodils take the stage.

August, 2010

Early summer, 2011

Late summer, 2011

Early Fall, 2011 — still evolving. What will next year hold?

Lantana, Salvia leucantha and Purple Heart are perennial here. Most of the annuals are reseeders. Cuttings held over the winter replace chartreuse alternanthera in the spring. Next year’s plans include replacing Daturas with Duranta which is more attractive to butterflies. Duranta cuttings are already rooted and under glass.

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  1. I saw this part of your garden evolve from a stone to snake, lumps, bulbs, lavender, multi-colour flowers, shrubs and will there be trees next?

  2. We can see the unfolding of your garden through your photos. This is an easier way of regurgitating the thoughts of evolution.

  3. It is nice you joined the meme. I appreciate your post because it has so many images of the bed evolving. At least your neighbor had a front row seat to your garden maturing over that span of time, and the question was answered. Your garden is so pretty.

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