In spring we rented a sod cutter and in a random move dug out a circle in the front yard. What for? We had no idea.
|Hey, let's put a circle here!|
|Circle accomplished - now what?|
|Step back and it's not a very large circle|
I felt like I had hit on the right idea and that solved the issue of what to plant. More trees. Conifers would provide a backdrop for other plants and provide a year round screen. I also liked the idea that they would require far less work than a perennial bed.
The result is somewhat sparse looking.
It includes a 'Neon Blue' blue spruce, dwarf Alberta spruce, 'Mint Julep' juniper and two serviceberry bushes. Several 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga were added as ground cover. Given that the blue spruce alone will eventually reach a height of 30 feet and width of 17 feet I didn't want to crowd anyone.
I did however start planting outside the circle with the idea of creating a proper screen. Several Eastern Larch and a Yellow Birch are on either side. A Diablo Ninebark was also planted but perished for unknown reasons. I like the contrast of the purple leaves with the evergreens so much though that I think I'll buy another one next year and try again.
It will take a few years for this spot to really start showing much growth but I'm quite happy with how this spontaneous bed turned out. One of the hardest aspects of landscaping to me is coming up with an idea to start a project. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by all the empty space but sticking a shovel in the ground and digging without worrying about how it will all work can inspire ideas that I didn't know I had.