We moved our house out of the floodplain in the spring of 2007, so the beds around the house are fairly new.
The beds that are between the house and the driveway (with neighbor's pasture in background) are starting to shape up. These pictures were taken in late June. The beds look a bit different now; I'm done constructing them and finished planting except for some daylilies that are due to be shipped in Sept.
East side of the house, looking down toward our pastures. The big perennial
bed is to the left of the driveway, and the bed bordering the neighbor's
pasture is on the right.
This is the bed next to the neighbor's pasture. The redbud is one that we got from the National Arbor Day Foundation as a seedling. It's really taken off and was beautiful in bloom this spring. I have several other redbud seedlings that are doing well, some from the NSDF, some that I grew some seed, but none of the others have grown as quickly as this one. We've only had it 3 years and already it's 8' tall.
This shot shows a view of the bed next to neighbor's pasture taken from the big perennial bed. A lot of the bed next to the neighbor's pasture is Bur Marigold (Bidens polylepis or aristosa), the native sunflower that coats all of the ditches and moist fields with yellow in Sept. En masse it even has a very nice fragrance. One of my very favorite wildflowers. The daylily in this picture is Commuter Daylily, Hemerocallis citrina.
This is the bed by the gate, the bed closest to the horse pastures, taken standing next to R. palustris scandens and looking back up toward the house. Pictured are Panicum virgatum, Muhlenbergia capillaris, Monarda Claire Grace, Smooth Beardtongue going to seed, and Verbena bonariensis. There's Seashore Mallow and Joe Pye Weed in this bed too, just not tall enough yet to be visible in the picture. I have had a hard time keeping this bed maintained; the slope of it and the fact that the bed is essentially a ditch, with hard-flowing water in it after storms, makes it difficult to amend.
From the middle of the big perennial bed, Buddleia Potter's Purple, Blue Jimsonweed, Phlox paniculata David and Robert Poore, and seed pods of Carolina Bush Pea.