Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Big Rock Garden

Armed with my trusty camera, I took an evening stroll through the Big Rock Garden. (Take a wild guess how it got it's name.)
I planted a jumbled mass of long-blooming, waterwise perennials to hide a giant boulder that sat like a sore thumb in the middle of my front yard.
Catmint, Wild Roses, Jupiter's Beard and goofy birdhouses give this joint some much-needed personality.
Hot pink Painted Daisies and heirloom Bearded Iris fill in the blanks.
Lots of textures that glow in the evening sun.
Like most things in my life... very little rhyme or reason went into this design. I basically planted every one of my favorite flowers!

They say it takes 10 years to grow a garden but I don't know if that's true. The Big Rock Garden is celebrating her first birthday. I planted most of this 45 foot by 25 foot garden last July.


Peppermint Phlox grabs every one's attention.


Fuschia Pincushion Flowers keep her company.





And, last but definitely not least ~ one ultra-stubborn Azalea is preparing to bloom. Azaleas don't grow here. Or, so they say.

I won't tell, if you don't.

Big Rock Garden Plant List:
Barberry, Blanket Flowers, Butterfly Bushes, Catmints, Chokecherries, Coneflowers, Coreopsis, Geraniums, Geums, Hollyhocks, Honeysuckles, Jupiter's Beard, Lavender, Milkweed, Oregano, Penstamons, Phlox, Potentillas, Primrose, Rose Campion, Sage, Salvia, Scabiosas, Spirea, Sunflowers, Torch Lily, Weigela, Yarrow.

5 comments:

Wunx~ said...

Congratulations! I remember when it was just a big dirt mound. Who ever woulda thunk it would mature so well...

Iron Needles said...

I don't think it takes 10 years. Sometimes it takes me a few years. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

I like your big rock garden very much, and would like to have a big rock myself.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done, Master Gardener! Hmmm seems to me like you have deep pockets! Maybe I'll stick with you for a while. :)
jane

GardenJoy4Me said...

Kate .. you have taken such gorgeous pictures in the evening sun .. I never seem to be able at that time of the day/evening .. so I'm going to enjoy yours for now on ? LOL
I didn't realize I did not have you on my blog roll .. your there now girl ! LOL
Joy

Muum said...

nice flowers, I esp like the fuchsia pincushion flower. Haven't seen that color before. thanks for visiting myblog!