Pieces of my Garden

My garden is currently scattered out across a backyard, a front yard, a screened-in porch, a breezeway, the back steps, and a couple of pots. I’m experimenting with several different things, lemongrass (which thrives in extremely hot sun, apparently), several different herbs in a fairy garden setting; ferns, succulents, and the propagation thereof, perennials for sun and shade, a few buckets of annuals, and whatever else I happen to bring home. These are my most major successes.

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My Lemon Belle Sedum

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Marigolds beside the back steps

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My “Homerun” KnockOut Rose

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And again

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“Chapel Hill” Lantana

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Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower “Blue Mist”)

I almost have more fun with the photography than I do with the planting 😉

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Fairy Garden Beginnings

I might be late, but I’m jumping onto the fairy garden bandwagon with my own take on things: herbs! There has been a veritable craze of fairy gardening going on in the garden world and I’ve been trying to resist. The idea of a tiny garden keeps growing on me though. I’m not interested in the furniture or the houses, or the fixings of many gardens, though I am contemplating the addition of a few stepping stones.

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Many fairy gardens seem full after planting, but because I’m going with herbs and I do intend to harvest them, I wanted to leave room for mine to spread.

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I chose Corsican mint as my fairy carpet. Though invasive like all mints, it is labeled as a slow grower. It will eventually have tiny light purple blooms and spread a good bit.

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Roman Chamomile has intrigued me for sometime, especially once I learned it is the variety used for tea. German Chamomile, the variety for which you can usually find seeds, is grown strictly for its flowers. I’m using it as a large flowering shrub in my garden,

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Basil will be my “trees”, I have both Red Rubin and the sweet Basil. The red for some color and contrast, the green because I’m interested in pesto. Purple pesto might be weird.

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English Thyme is another one of my shrubberies. It tends to spill more than I would like, so I’ve braided mine into a more upright shape.

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Hyssop is cool. So I’m growing hyssop. It’s going to be another flowering shrub.

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And Lavender. I love Lavender. The smell, the flower, everything. It’s my favorite herb. It’s going to be more of an upright tree/shrub type thing.

I can’t wait until things have filled out and adapted to their new environment a little bit.

fairy garden layout

Layout, neither exact nor to scale, but to give you a decent idea of how I’ve placed my herbs.