I have posted a lot about the garden and landscaping lately, but there are other things going on here, too. Before I cover any of the other stuff, though, Ms. Bungalow insisted I write a post on her fabulous work improving the little landscaping berm in the backyard.
What makes this project special is that it was primarily accomplished by dividing mature plants from other areas of the landscaping and adding them to the vacant areas in the backyard. Free landscaping! Although Ms. Bungalow’s goal was to fix up the area without buying anything, we broke down and picked up a few sedum when we were out at the garden store.
Here is how the backyard berm looked a couple summers ago after I planted some spirea bushes:
And here is that same area after Ms. Bungalow added some divided hosta, sedum, and other plants:
You might notice that the spirea from the first picture haven’t actually done that well in this spot. This location probably gets more shade than the spirea would like, though Ms. Bungalow’s new additions should be better suited to the area. When the new plants get fully established in a season or two this spot will really look lush. All that remains for this cheapskate garden project is to top the berm with some free mulch from one of the park board’s tree trimming mulch piles.