Friday, October 10, 2008


The backyard is complete, with lights, lawn and irrigation. Now comes more fun of picking trees and shrubs to complement such a pleasant space.

All you Pacific Northwest gardeners please pass along suggestions. I'm looking for mostly natives that provide color, berries, bark ... anything that makes for year-round interest.
The shrubs are needed along the fenceline around Arborvitae, as well as near the house. I'm also considering a few evergreen vines but haven't settled on one (more suggestions?).
There's a long planter that I'll primarily use for bulbs and perennials but I think it also needs a few staple evergreens to add permanent structure.

Let the planting begin!


GardenJoy4Me said...

It looks wonderful ! So nice and neat and perfect to begin planting.
When we lived on Vancouver Island .. there were lots of Mountain Ash trees in peoples gardens .. I have one in ours here in Kingston (south eastern Ontario) it seems to be a great all purpose tree with Spring flowers and Fall berries .. perhaps its smaller size will suit your garden as well ? God luck !

GardenJoy4Me said...

PS .. I meant GOOD luck ..LOL

The Gardeness said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I go select plants tomorrow so I'm cramming!

Karen said...

Do you have room for a witch hazel? We inherited one in our current garden and it's got multi-season interest, and ours even has orange flowers! I love it so much. Are you saving space for edibles? Good luck and happy plant hunting!

Phyllis said...

This is awesome! I gotta come by to see this in person. Congratulations!!

The Gardeness said...

Karen: No room in the back but a neighbor and I are planning a property line border that will include a witch hazel. I love those trees.

Phyllis: Haven't seen you in forever. Would love to catch up, either here or coffee out?

Molly said...

What a gorgeous back yard. Great all-round design. Korean Dogwood perhaps?