Aside from giving me a refuge from my office, my back garden now adds value to my home for when I eventually sell it. This was a big project and can’t be taken on immediately before a house hits the market, but I share these before and after shots, to inspire you with the difference that can be made to even a modestly-sized yard.
Besides, many of my subscribers have asking to see the before and after shots since I first wrote about the transformation last year.
|Hiding the view of the neighbor’s garage and the ugly fence between us was one of my goals. This is primarily a shade garden so visual interest was created by choosing plants with different leaf shapes and colors. I was not able to have many flowers, which would have been my preference.
A water feature provides a focal point and attracts birds. Their singing and the sound of the flowing water disguise neighbor and traffic noise. As the new trees and plants fill in, the garden will appear even more secluded. This “fountain” was created by drilling a large hole in a boulder and setting it in a deep container that is buried under the ground. A pump allows the same water to re-circulate.