The back patio is a special place for us. Not only is it in constant view
from our kitchen dining area, it's where Amy and I exchanged our vows
in a garden-themed wedding, and where our kids like to play (often, illicitly,
with water - either from the back spigot or from the pond).
The patio is surrounded by small-scale planting areas: along the
foundation of our home, we grow various perennials that enjoy the
morning-sun/afternoon-shade conditions (a rare commodity in our garden).
The same kinds of plantings (the prima donnas of our garden) continue into
the side garden which connects up to the right-hand side of the patio.
Another area, featuring spireas, poppies and grasses links up the side
garden to the pond, which is the main feature connected to the patio.
Continuing counter-clockwise, we arrive at Poppop's rose garden, a tribute
to Amy's father, where several tea roses share space with well-behaved
perennials and annuals; and around a split-rail fence to the Japanese
snowbell border, with mostly annuals providing all-season color.
A partial list of plants we grow around the patio
Along the foundation
Along the fence
Around the trough shelves
Planted in pots
Patio/side garden border
Miscellaneous patio areas
October 18, 2017