In my previous post titled A Practical Portable Garden I sketched out my plan for a small garden in the frontyard of my rental house which looks like this :
Note the one and only lonely rose which was too far gone to save. In search of plants for my garden I visited the local garden center which happened to have perennials at half price. I purchased two coneflowers, 3 Japanese bloodgrasses , 3 Lantanas and 2 huge Japanese Silvergrasses. Two Knockout Roses were put in the clearance area and they did look like the last rose of summer so I took pity on them and for $3 and $6 each you can't go wrong. With all the rain we've had and the good soil amendments I gave them they are well on their way to recovery.
To the right of the stairs I placed the Christmas holly and next to that is the Japanese bloodgrass which will come into its own soon with some brilliant color. I see tassles are already forming. The cedar raised bed is to be used for seasonal annuals.
On the left of the entrance is the beginning of my rose garden. I plan to purchase some small evergreen shrubs as background to add structure.
As the roses fill in I plan to add some annuals such as lamb's ear to compliment them. Once all planting is done I will add a thick layer of shredded mulch to retain moisture and prevent soil compaction.
Here's the garden thus far. Of course it's always a work in progress and the fun of planting a new garden is watching it grow and fill in. In the words of that famous Chicago Cub fan " Wait 'til next year ! "