The west side garden: A work in progress



A work in progress

The west side garden is a work in progress. We’ve tried all kinds of solutions here, including going the Japanese garden way with azaleas lining the edge of the garden, roses, individual gardens for guests, and container gardening. Unfortunately, nothing really worked. One of the big problems is that it is next to the retaining wall between Ebisu’s and the neighbours, and the soil dries out very quickly there, whereas the front garden is quite wet.

Then, one day, I saw a tiny bottlebrush bush and bought it. It was a little piece of home, and I thought I might try planting it on the west side of the house. I did, and it has survived the dry soil, gardeners cutting it right back to the base each year, snow, rainy season, and typhoons. And it still gives us blossoms twice a year in spring and early autumn, which the butterflies love! You can see a picture of the beautiful blossoms on the Ebisu’s homepage.

So, it is time for me to try again to tame the west side garden. This time, I have had some ideas, and I am working on the space. Allow me to post developments as they happen. The first stage is in progress now.

  • We have had a concrete path put along the side of the house, which you can see in the picture above.
  • We have put boronias with lovely small purple flowers toward the back of the space. They have been in for about a week and look pretty healthy! boronia
  • My friend found some more bottlebrush bushes and a grevillea bush. I have planted the grevillea just to the south of the boronia. grevillea
  • The bottlebrush bushes will go to the south of the grevillea. One is already in, and the others will be planted today.                                                                                                                    With new plants


Once the bushes are in, the bare bones of the garden will be made. After that, I will think about filler plants and ground covers to keep the weeds at bay.

What do you think? Do you think it is looking any better?

Be sure to check back to see the changes in the garden!

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